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Minnesota workplace accident kills construction worker

The recent workplace accident in St. Paul, Minnesota has occurred. According to the reports, the victim was one of the construction workers who was demolishing an 835,000 square foot building in St. Paul. The abandoned building was a former factory and a new ballpark is set to be built where it stands. Unfortunately, as the workers demolished the former factory, a slab of concrete collapsed, resulting in a fatal industrial accident.

Reportedly, a 61-year-old man was using a backhoe at that time. However, as he worked, the 30-foot block of concrete fell on top of him. Emergency responders immediately arrived at the scene but failed to rescue the worker due to certain conditions at the work site.

According to sources, the construction worker was employed by Rachel Contracting, a company named as one of the 37 union contractors that prioritize workers' safety. The company had no safety violations from Minnesota's Occupational Safety and Health Administration over the last five years. Regardless, the agency continues to investigate the work-related accident.

Such an accident may demonstrate how dangerous construction jobs are. Construction sites, where heavy equipment and dangerous material are present, may pose certain risks to workers. Fortunately, construction-related injuries or accidents are covered by worker's compensation.

Workers' compensation is a mandated program that covers workers' on-the-job injuries, illnesses and other occupational diseases. A worker who is injured due to a construction or industrial accident may be eligible to receive workers' compensation. It may cover the lost wages and other related expenses.

In the event of a deadly industrial accident in Minnesota, the surviving family may be compensated through death and dependency benefits. These benefits cover a worker who dies from work-related deaths or from a fatal occupational disease. Unlike pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit; however, a workers' compensation claim may not cover emotional damages caused by the accident.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio, "Construction worker killed at Lowertown site of new Saints stadium," Tim Nelson, Sept. 10, 2013

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