The Illinois Department of Transportation reported a fatal accident in Lake County. This incident resulted from one of the workplace hazards known as the fatal four. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, crushing injuries are one of the four work-related accident types that cause most occupational fatalities.
Reportedly, the incident occurred on a recent Tuesday morning shortly after midnight at the site of a road construction zone. According to a preliminary report, a 56-year-old employee lost her life after being struck by a construction vehicle at the site of the IDOT project. The dump truck was backing up at the time of the accident. The victim was an employee of the contracting construction company.
The coroner's report indicates that the cause of the woman's death was multiple crushing injuries. The Lake Forest Police and the Major Crash Assistance Team of Lake County launched an investigation. OSHA will likely conduct an independent inquiry to determine the circumstances that led to the worker's death, along with the employer's compliance with safety standards.
Whenever such a tragedy happens, the surviving family members of the deceased victim of a work-related accident can pursue a claim for death benefits from the workers' compensation insurance program. An Illinois attorney who is experienced in the navigation of benefits claims can assist the family with this challenging task. The financial assistance typically provided by the program includes coverage of end-of-life expenses. A wage-replacement package will help with the family's daily living expenses, rental or mortgage payments and other financial obligations.