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Workers' compensation: Utility worker killed in boom collapse

When people in Missouri report to work, they often face potential hazards in the workplace. While some of these hazards are well-known, making them easier to avoid, others can be difficult to anticipate. Unfortunately, a man in another state recently lost his life in an industrial accident. His surviving family members may be entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits as a result.

The incident happened at approximately 10 a.m. on a day in early May. According to reports, a crew of workers from a utility company were using a boom truck as they attempted to replace a utility pole on the shoulder of a road. Witnesses say that once the pole was in place, the boom collapsed.

Unfortunately, a 52-year-old employee was struck by the falling pole. He was transported to the hospital but was pronounced dead less than an hour after the accident happened. The highway where the accident happened was closed for a period of time while officials investigated the incident. An autopsy to determine cause of death has been scheduled.

When a person passes away, the emotional implications for surviving family members are often obvious. However, the financial implications can often be just as devastating. Funeral expenses, medical bills and lost wages can quickly become overwhelming for grieving family members. As a result, states, including Missouri, require that employers provide workers' compensation insurance companies. Though many people are entitled to these benefits following an accident such as this, some are often unsure about their rights and the compensation process, prompting them to seek guidance from an experienced professional.

Source: hawaiinewsnow.com, "Big island police investigate fatal industrial accident on Highway 19", May 3, 2018

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