As construction crews prepare to build a housing complex on Monday, a man was killed in a workplace accident. Authorities reported that 64-year-old Peter Low, an explosives expert, was administering explosions to prepare the ground for pipe work. Investigators believe that there were two explosions heard and Low returned to the trench after the first explosion. The second explosion erupted with Low in close proximity resulting in his death. The accident is under investigation.
There are several occupations that are considered dangerous in nature. Police officers, firefighters, and construction workers are a few of the more commonly known dangerous jobs. However, all occupations pose risks related to their job and place of employment. Workplace accidents and work-related injuries affect thousands of workers every year. In Missouri, all companies that employ five or more employees, and the majority of construction companies, are required to purchase worker’s compensation insurance to provide benefits to injured workers in the form of medical treatment and wage replacement. However, the worker’s wages are replaced at a rate of only 66.6% of the worker’s average weekly wage. To obtain the compensation you deserve for your damages, it is important to consult a skilled St. Louis worker’s compensation attorney.
The worker’s compensation lawyers at Meyerkord & Kurth believe your safety is the top priority. In the event that you sustain an injury at work, you should first seek the appropriate medical attention and then contact our office. We will work to recover the maximum compensation for your damages while supporting you throughout the process of the case. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, contact us today for a free consultation.