Many Illinois companies provide snow removal support to their communities in winter. There is always a risk for a workplace accident when heavy machinery is used on the job. However, there are safety rules and protocol in place that are meant to keep workers as safe as possible. Employers, as well, are obligated to provide all necessary information, training and equipment to lower the risk for work-related injuries.
A company in another state is grieving the loss of one its workers. The 45-year-old man was working on a snow removal crew when a terrible accident occurred. The man was run over by a snowplow that his co-worker was operating at the time.
A company spokesman praised the efforts of the internal emergency crew, stating that immediate aid was provided to the fallen worker. The spokesman further noted that many members of the crew are experienced community firefighters and rescue workers. He also said an emergency medical helicopter was unable to assist in the rescue effort due to low-lying cloud cover that day.
Sadly, the victim did not survive his injuries. The company is offering counseling services to help employees cope with their grief in the aftermath of this tragic workplace accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has also been called in to investigate. When an Illinois worker dies, he or she often leaves behind a family in need who may benefit from seeking support from a workers’ compensation attorney because the process of filing a claim for survivors’ benefits can be complex and arduous, and the assistance of an experienced attorney can help make it less stressful.