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Fatal workplace accident kills father of 3-year-old son

Construction workers' jobs are varied, and the dangers workers face are not always recognized. A fatal workplace accident recently claimed the life of a 28-year-old father of a toddler. The victim was an employee of a North Dakota-based construction company but worked at the firm's facility in a neighboring state.

Reportedly, the incident occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m. on a recent Tuesday while the worker was busy replacing a truck's wiper blade. Under unknown circumstances, the man fell into the space between the truck's tire and the bumper. This was where a co-worker found him. Emergency services were called, and they transported the man to the hospital.

Sadly, he did not survive the incident. It is unsure whether the worker died at the scene or later at the hospital. However, preliminary reports indicate that positional asphyxia caused his death. Authorities say the position in which he landed after the fall could have prevented him from breathing. An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely follow.

When a loved one is killed in a workplace accident, the surviving family members are typically entitled to financial relief that is provided through the North Dakota workers' compensation insurance program. An attorney who is experienced in navigating the steps to claim workers' compensation death benefits can provide the necessary support and guidance. Benefits will cover the costs of end-of-life arrangements and may include a wage-replacement package to help with financial obligations and daily living costs for a specific period after the worker's death.

Source:, "OSHA looking into incident at Billings construction site that killed Laurel man", Nov. 22, 2017

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