There appears to be no limit to the situations that routinely occur while you are at work that can give rise to any number of workplace accidents. It does not have to be an unsafe work environment that triggers an industrial accident or a slip and fall that results in serious injuries. Common, everyday events can lead to an accident on the job and a worker heading to the hospital or to a doctor.
For example, a tow truck at a cement company might be a common sight when called upon to assist with a truck or another piece of equipment that has broken down. At an Iowa company, a tow truck was the cause of a work accident that sent an employer of the company to the hospital with a head injury. Apparently, the work was hit in the head by a part of the tow truck and died upon reaching the hospital.
The state and federal governments investigate workplace accidents and periodically inspect facilities to identify and demand correction of any unsafe working environment, negligent operating of machinery or employer negligence they believe subjects workers to unnecessarily hazardous conditions. The problem is that factories, mines and construction sites all come with inherently dangerous or hazardous conditions as part of the normal work environment.
Workers’ compensation is intended to provide those suffering work-related accidents with the ability to obtain medical care and receive compensation for lost earnings without regard to fault. Workers’ compensation benefits are payable even in the absence of employer negligence.
Those who have been injured in work-related accidents in Davenport, Iowa, or other parts of the state might benefit from a consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney. The legal advice the attorney might offer could help a worker or the worker’s family have a clearer understanding of the benefits offered by workers’ compensation.
Source: Quad-City Times, “1 person dead following workplace accident in eastern Iowa,” Dec 16, 2015