In Alaska and elsewhere throughout the country, many workers use heavy machinery and large commercial vehicles in the workplace. Employers are obligated to provide proper training, as well as any available safety equipment to help reduce the chances of on-the-job accidents. When an accident occurs that involves mechanized equipment, the results are often disastrous.
Such was the case regarding a recent workplace mishap that occurred in another state. A worker was reportedly doing maintenance work on a waste collection vehicle when tragedy struck. At the time, the worker is said to have been standing on a ladder while working on the hydraulic system of the vehicle.
Miscommunication between coworkers occurred moments before the accident
While the employee was working on the hydraulic system on the garbage truck, the switch that prompts the door to close was activated. The hydraulic system caused the door to close on the worker’s head. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Preliminary investigations of the workplace tragedy showed that there may have been a miscommunication between the worker who suffered fatal injuries and another employee moments before the system activated and closed the door.
How the workers’ compensation program can help grieving families
If an Alaska worker or an employee in another state suffers fatal injuries on the job, the workers’ compensation program can be helpful to the fatally injured worker’s family. A spouse, as well as a minor child may be eligible to receive benefits that can provide financial support during a time of need. In some cases, such as if a worker’s child is in college or trade school, the age limit may be extended. Because the workers’ compensation system can be complex and stressful to navigate, especially in a time of mourning, it is always best to seek legal support right from the start.