The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into the death of a paving company worker in Illinois. This fatal work accident touched the whole community because the deceased man, particularly due to the man's side gig moonlighting as a singer of old-time favorites in local venues. An official coroner's report is pending.
Reportedly, the local police received a report about the 58-year-old worker's death shortly before 2 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. The part-time performer also had a full-time job as a mechanic. It is unclear whether he was working on maintenance or repair of the asphalt paver at the time of the incident, or whether he fell from it. According to the coroner, the man had multiple traumatic injuries.
The preliminary coroner's report indicates that these injuries might have caused his death, but a final report will only be issued once results of toxicology tests are received. OSHA investigators will likely focus on the company's compliance with safety regulations to determine whether a safety violation could have led to the fatality. Such an unexpected death of a loved one will surely a void that can never be filled.
However, coverage of end-of-life expenses and lost wages may ease the financial burden. The surviving family members of any worker who succumbed to injuries suffered in a work accident may seek the support and guidance of an experienced workers' compensation attorney to help them pursue financial assistance in this difficult time. They can file benefits claims with the Illinois workers' compensation insurance system. A wage-replacement package will be based on the deceased worker's gross wages and this benefit is typically provided for a predetermined period.
Source: dailyherald.com, "Suburban entertainer dies in accident at Lake Zurich paving company", Bob Susnjara, March 31, 2017