New York workers in occupations requiring physical labor risk potential injuries more often than those in other areas of work. Construction accidents in particular regularly lead to serious injuries and sometimes even fatalities. An employee in another state was recently killed after a trench he was working in collapsed.
The man was employed at a plant nursery. At the time of the accident, he was digging a trench to install water lines. By the time he had dug about a six foot hole, the trench collapsed, burying him up to the waist. The cause of the collapse has yet to be determined.
The local fire department responded to the incident. They were eventually able to free the worker from the trench. The details of the man's injuries were not released, but he was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Tragically, he died as a result of his injuries a few hours later.
Losing a loved one on the job is understandably devastating. In addition to the emotional toll such an event can cause, surviving families may also face unexpected financial hardships. To cope with this, they could file for workers' compensation death benefits with respect to their deceased loved one. When successful, these claims could provide monetary damages that could be used to help pay for medical bills, funeral costs and any other related expenses. Any families who have lost loved ones in construction accidents could consult experienced New York attorneys to learn more about these types of claims.
Source: wkrg.com, "UPDATE: Worker Killed After Trench Collapse in Mobile", Sept. 7, 2017