When individuals are working in trenches, there are many safety precautions that are often required in order to ensure that the workers are not at any unnecessary risk. Unfortunately, work-related accidents can still take place, and serious injuries could occur. In some cases, resulting injuries may even prove fatal and cause much hardship for surviving family.
One out-of-state man's fatal accident may be of interest to Georgia residents. Reports stated that the man was a city employee who worked for the water department. When the accident occurred, the man was working on a sewer-replacement project. While he was carrying out duties in a trench, the trench collapsed on him. The incident took place just after 1 p.m.
Emergency crews responded to the scene, and paramedics transported him to an area hospital. At the time, he was initially considered to be in critical condition, and he later succumbed to the injuries he suffered. He was declared dead nearly 40 minutes after the collapse. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was contacted in order to investigate the accident that led to the 40-year-old worker's death.
When work-related accidents prove fatal, it is important for surviving family to understand that they could potentially be entitled to workers' compensation. Survivor's benefits can help families with financial difficulties resulting from the fatal incident. Georgia families who have lost loved ones in such events may wish to find out more information on these benefits and what steps they need to take in order to gain such compensation.
Source: chicagotribune.com, "Water department worker critically injured in Northwest Side trench collapse", Peter Nickeas, Feb. 13, 2017