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Workers' compensation benefits and construction accidents

It seems as though construction is always being done somewhere in Florida's largest cities. Construction workers always face hazards both in and out of their control as they work. When construction accidents happen, those injured while working are typically able to access workers' compensation benefits. Should a workplace fatality occur, a victim's surviving family members may be entitled to death benefits.

One family of a construction worker and another worker will more than likely seek benefits in the aftermath of a recent accident. A construction boom struck a Metromover in a southern Florida metropolis. The construction crew was working on one of the light rail's stations at the time.

The two workers in the boom were thrown out of the bucket. One of them managed to hold on, and co-workers rescued him. At last report, the worker was said to be in stable condition at a hospital in the Miami-Dade area. The other suffered fatal injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that Suffolk Construction -- the company that employed the two men -- has had no violations in Florida over the last 10 years. Regardless, OSHA is involved in the investigation into this accident along with Miami-Dade Transit and the Miami-Dade Police Department. In the meantime, one worker is recovering and the family of another is coping with their loss.

Both could apply for benefits through the Florida workers' compensation system. The surviving construction worker could obtain benefits for payment of his medical expenses, a portion of any lost income and possibly other benefits. The family of the deceased worker could pursue benefits to help with the funeral and burial of their loved one, along with some compensation for the loss of his income.

Source: Miami Herald, "Construction worker killed and another hurt in Metromover crash", David J. Neal, Feb. 8, 2017

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