Working in the construction industry can be more dangerous than other types of professions. This is because workers are always using heavy machinery and are surrounded by half-built structures which could collapse anytime a mistake is made. Those working in construction run the risk of serious injury or even death caused by a work accident. This was the case when a crane collapsed at a university campus outside of the state of Wisconsin, while a crew was working on a construction project.
The work accident happened on the afternoon of July 7 while the crane was being dismantled by workers. The construction workers were working on the university's arts and technology building when the incident occurred. The incident resulted in the deaths of two workers. As of now, there have been no reports of any other injuries from the university incident.
The cause of the accident has not been conclusively determined although it is likely that there is an ongoing investigation to determine the circumstance surrounding this collapse. Luckily, there do not appear to be any bystanders hurt in the accident. The university advised students and others to steer clear from the area of the campus where the crane was being utilized.
Usually workers' compensation insurance policies will offer death benefits for those killed in a Wisconsin work accident. However, each state may have laws that vary in how much is paid out for death benefits. In the state of Wisconsin, the amount of death benefits will depend on the employee's wage at the time of the accident. If there were any surviving children, they may also be entitled to additional benefits. While any benefits received is likely no consolation for the death of their family members, it can help families pick up the pieces with hopefully little financial harm due to the tragedy.
Source: KWTX.com, "Two Die When Crane Collapses On Texas College Campus," July 8, 2012