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Wisconsin work accident: Worker fatally injured in another state

Too many Wisconsin construction workers face dangerous conditions on a daily basis as a matter of course when working in their industry. Tragic accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, sometimes before a worker has the chance to react to the changing circumstances. In the case of a fatal work accident, surviving family members may be left behind to pick up the pieces and try to figure out exactly what happened to their loved one. For many, financial hardship may follow in the steps of emotional trauma.

One construction worker in another state suffered one such work accident, which ultimately claimed his life, after a trench collapsed at a construction site. The man's construction crew was busy digging at the scene of the trench to reveal a utility line at the subdivision where they were working. Officials believe the man may have suffered a head injury when he was either struck by a falling object or hit by the falling dirt from the collapsing trench.

Despite the fact that emergency workers attempted to save the man's life, he expired at the scene. The man's fellow workers managed to dig his body out before firefighters arrived, but it was too late by that point. Another construction worker who suffered an injured leg was more fortunate and transported to a medical center for treatment. Reports indicate that OSHA was notified, and it is likely an investigation will be conducted into the fatal accident.

In the wake of this work accident, the worker who died may leave behind a family struggling with both grief and financial bills caused by his untimely death. This is one reason that Wisconsin law provides the option for family members to file for workers' compensation death benefits after someone dies on the job. Workers' compensation death benefits can help a family cover some of the final costs associated with a fatal work injury, not to mention help cover some of the financial fallout from a worker's lost income in the future.

Source:, "Construction Accident Kills Worker in Trench," Ben Lloyd, March 26, 2013

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