Workplace accidents happen with some frequency, especially at construction sites. With such large, dominating equipment on site, sometimes things go wrong. Unfortunately, this may have been the case for one construction site work-related injury in South Carolina that resulted in death and injury.
The incident occurred at a Fountain Inn construction site at about 11:30 a.m. on June 14. A piece of equipment that was being used by a 28-year-old man in a trench reportedly rolled onto him, and he died as a result of the impact. A second man was pinned by equipment, and emergency crews had to extract him from under it. His condition is currently unknown, but he was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The investigation of what happened exactly is ongoing. Work accidents can happen for any number of reasons, including failure to inspect equipment prior to use or failure to adhere to other construction site regulations. Unfortunately, until the investigation has been completed by officials, the exact cause of this incident is up in the air.
Regardless, though, the family of the deceased worker is certainly facing a very difficult time that no one ever hopes to experience. The same is true for the injured worker. The family of the fatal victim may be eligible to receive workers' compensation death benefits, which may be of some help as they deal with the unexpected expenses from the tragedy as well as the lost income from the man's employment. Likewise, the injured victim may also be entitled to collect workers' compensation benefits as he struggles to recover.
Source: The Travelers Rest Tribune, "Greenville man killed, T.R. man injured in construction site accident," James Richardson, June 14, 2012