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Worker killed in Minnesota construction site accident

According to authorities, a 30-year-old construction worker was killed on Feb. 27 at a Rochester construction site when he was struck in the head by a falling object. The man, who was from Utah, was reportedly working underneath a telescoping fork lift at the time of the accident.

Sources indicate that a large attachment on the forklift somehow became detached, falling and striking the man on his head. Other workers at the site did not see the accident happen. The man's coworkers were able to remove the attachment and attempted CPR on the man until help arrived.

Several agencies responded, including the Rochester Police Department, officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Gold Cross Ambulance. Officials weer continuing their investigation into the cause of the accident and stated that the man's autopsy was being performed by the Mayo Clinic. The worker leaves behind a family including a wife and four children. The developer for the job, PLC, Inc., operates out of North Dakota. The company had subcontracted work on the project to Far West Construction of Utah, which is the company the man was working for at the time.

When a worker dies in an accident while on the job, his or her family may recover benefits to compensate them for their losses. All employers are mandated to cover workers' compensation insurance in order to provide such coverage. Families may not be aware that the coverage is available to the families of those killed. Through a workers' compensation claim, a family may recover the medical expenses incurred, reasonable funeral and burial expenses and monthly benefits that are designed to provide a percentage of the worker's former monthly income. A workers' compensation attorney may be able to help.

Source: KTTC, "Man killed by falling object at Rochester construction site," Toryn Hill, March 2, 2015

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