Workers on construction sites in Ohio will always be at risk of suffering life-threatening injuries. However, construction workers’ accidents can be limited by compliance with the safety regulations that are prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Unfortunately, not all construction company owners encourage practicing workplace safety because, for them, profits might be more important than the lives of their employees.
An investigation is underway to determine whether this was the case when a construction worker lost his life while working on a Cleveland site on a recent Wednesday afternoon. According to a police report, the incident happened on the building site where the new engineering facility of the Cleveland State University is under construction. The circumstances that caused the accident was not revealed.
Also, no information was provided about the injuries the 56-year-old construction worker suffered. However, they were severe enough to cause his death at the scene. The deceased worker was employed by a construction company that is based in another state.
Whenever tragedies such as fatal construction workers’ accidents occur in Ohio, the surviving family members can pursue financial relief through the workers’ compensation insurance system. To help them cope with the costs related to end-of-life expenses, they can file death benefits claims with the insurance program. Additional assistance is typically provided in the form of a wage-replacement package that could serve to ease the financial burden of day-to-day living costs and other obligations such as rent or mortgage payments. These payments will continue for a predetermined number of years.
Source: Cleveland, OH Patch, “Worker Killed At Cleveland State Construction Site“, Chris Mosby, Oct. 11, 2017