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Fatal Delta Junction workplace accident

On Behalf of | Aug 18, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

Construction sites around our state are just as dangerous as the construction sites throughout the U.S. In fact, due to the weather, construction sites can often be more dangerous. This means that those who work on construction sites face daily dangers not just from the work they do, but also from the treacherous weather our state often endures. A recent tragedy is just one example.

The workplace accident

According to Alaska State Troopers, 36-year-old local has died as a result of a workplace accident. The worksite heavy equipment accident occurred Saturday in Delta Junction just after 3:30 p.m.

The worker apparently, fell into a hole after possibly being struck by a backhoe bucket. During the fall, he struck the corner of the brace holding the dirt back in the hole.

Before first responders arrived, the worker’s co-workers took him to a nearby medical clinic. When first responders arrived though, they were not able to save the worker and he passed away.

Options for after a workplace accidents

Had the worker here not tragically died, he would have likely been entitled to workers’ compensation payments to compensate him for his lost work time and medical bills. This case though, the workplace accident victim died, which means his family is likely entitled to death benefits.

The family may be entitled to $10,000 for funeral expenses. In addition, the family may also be entitled to another $5,000 for the employee’s surviving spouse and children. Weekly benefits are also paid. These payments are based on several factors, including the deceased prior income. But, a workers’ compensation attorney can help the surviving family members navigate this complicated, but much needed, system.