A 24-year-old man was killed on Sept. 18 when a top-heavy piece of equipment shifted when being moved at a Dalton, Georgia, company facility. The man, an employee of a contracting company, was killed when the equipment knocked him to the ground.
An investigation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is being conducted to determine the cause of the fatal accident. Officials of the Dalton company have said that they intend to cooperate fully in the OSHA investigation which could take up to six months to complete.
Family members of employees killed on the job may have a right to workers’ compensation benefits if they were dependent on the deceased individual financially. State compensation is meant to support the family members of the individual who suffered the fatal workplace injuries. The compensation is often a percentage of the deceased worker’s earnings. In some states, there are minimal and maximum payouts for compensation.
The unexpected death of a family member is hard in and of itself to cope with, and financial stressors may only worsen the situation for surviving relatives. Workers’ compensation benefits for the deceased may also grant a family monetary assistance for the loss of income. It should be noted that while negligence on part of the employer is irrelevant in regards to workers’ compensation, one must still find proof that the fatal injury occurred while on the job. Should complications arise, an attorney well-versed on the situation may be able to clear up any confusion or vagueness.
Source: WRCBtv.com, “UPDATE: Worker killed on the job in Dalton”, Derrall Stalvey, September 19, 2014
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