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Wisconsin concrete employee suffers fatal work injuries

Precast concrete forms are created to build highways, buildings, sewage systems and a number of other large necessary projects. Concrete can be heavy and dangerous when safety precautions are not adhered to, sometimes resulting in fatal work injuries. One employee of a Wisconsin concrete company recently lost his life in such an accident.

The incident occurred at a company location responsible for creating and fulfilling materials used in underground construction, agriculture and highway building. Authorities believe that the precast form fell when either the lifting equipment or metal support system which connects to the chain and is used to support the concrete was pulled from the form. This disconnect may have caused it to plummet to the ground, inflicting the fatal injuries.

The afternoon accident required an assortment of first response personnel at the manufacturing facility in addition to Wisconsin OSHA. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will continue an investigation for up to six months reviewing the safety procedures and regulations that were followed or neglected leading up to the work accident. The large manufacturing facility is one in a series of factories dispersed through other cities and states and maintains a very high safety rating with the agency.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 114 work-related deaths occur annually in Wisconsin, 26 of which occurred in connection with objects or equipment. A family who has suffered the loss of a loved one due to fatal work injuries may have access to workers' compensation benefits to help cover expenses. A person could also choose to investigate all available benefit options to ensure that financial burdens are avoided and the loved ones of the worker who was killed are provided for.

Source: wiscnews.com, Accident kills employee at Wieser Concrete in Portage : Portage Daily Register, Shannon Green and Jen McCoy, Feb. 28, 2014

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