A new firehouse being built in Hanover, New Jersey was the site of a fatal construction accident on Thursday. Emergency crews were called at around 11:30 a.m. when a crane that was attempting to move a generator weighing several tons broke. The generator was dropped crushing two men, one of which was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and the other later died at the hospital from his injuries sustained. Local authorities, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, are investigating the accident.
Construction workers, police officers, and firefighters are considered to be dangerous occupations that could result in an injury or death. However, all workers are are at-risk of suffering a workplace injury or fatality, especially when the employer does not take all measures to provide a safe work environment. Fortunately, worker’s compensation laws protect those who suffer injuries in a workplace accident. All companies in Missouri with five or more workers must provide worker’s compensation benefits to injured workers that cover medical treatment and compensation for lost wages. However, injured workers do not receive the full amount of income that they miss while off work, they are only provided 66.6% of their average weekly wage.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, it is imperative to contact the St. Louis worker’s compensation attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth to receive the maximum compensation you deserve. We will examine your accident to determine if you have grounds for a worker’s compensation case, wrongful death case, third party case, or all of the above. We will fight to recover the compensation you deserve while fully communicating with you throughout the case. Contact Meyerkord & Kurth today for a free no-obligation consultation.