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Fatal workplace accident claims construction worker's life

Some of the most dangerous areas on construction sites in Arizona and elsewhere are excavations and trenches. For this reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations for keeping workers safe. There are several options by which the walls of trenches can be stabilized, including shoring, sloping and inserting trench boxes, which can prevent a workplace accident. Sadly, lives are often lost when these regulations are disregarded.

A construction worker recently lost his life in a trench collapse in Tucson. In this case, the walls of the trench were not adequately supported or sloped. The victim was not even in the trench when the wall collapsed. Reportedly, he was standing on the edge of the trench when the ground underneath him caved in. He toppled into the excavation and was overwhelmed by the soil.

Authorities report that a firefighter who rushed to the worker's aid also fell into the collapsing trench. He was rescued, but sadly, the life of the construction worker could not be saved. Witnesses said the sand was very soft, although a section of shoring was noticed on the work area edge. Had proper shoring been installed, this tragedy might have been prevented.

Although no amount of money can make up for a lost life, the surviving family members of a deceased victim of a workplace accident can pursue claims for financial relief through the Arizona workers' compensation insurance system. An attorney with experience in this field can navigate the death benefits claim on behalf of the surviving family members. The compensation can help the family cope with funeral and burial costs, and a financial package can make up for lost wages.

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