An unfortunate accident at a construction site killed a worker in his 50s recently. The accident occurred north of San Diego, California in Oceanside when a retaining wall at the construction site suddenly collapsed and fell on the worker. It is unknown at this time why the retaining wall collapsed, but an investigation is ongoing — a standard procedure when a workplace accident occurs, especially a fatal one.
It goes without saying that construction sites are very dangerous (but we’ll say it anyway). However, that does not mean that accidents need to happen. With adequate procedures and proper safety protocols, a construction project can go off without a hitch.
Of course, it is wishful thinking to believe that no construction accidents would ever happen — but when they do, the people who are hurt in the accident are in need of help. That is where workers’ compensation comes in. The financial insurance it provides is critical to the injured workers’ ability to recover and live in the wake of the accident.
In this case, though, the injured worker unfortunately didn’t survive. When a worker dies as a result of a workplace accident, workers’ comp can still provide some help. The deceased worker’s family can receive survivor benefits through workers’ compensation. Though no amount of money can replace a loved one who is killed while working at their job, the benefits can at least help the grieving family deal with unfortunate aftermath of a fatal workplace accident.
Source: CBS 8, “Deadly construction accident in Oceanside,” Shannon Handy, Oct. 13, 2015