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Two work-related deaths in a week investigated in another state

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration often investigates situations in California workplaces and others throughout the nation. When a worker is injured, becomes ill or dies on the job, the federal government often steps in to determine the cause. Recently, OSHA was investigating two work\-related deaths that occurred in another state.

Summer time in many areas includes dangerously high heat indexes on occasion. This seems to have been a possible causal factor in one of the deaths. A man was working laying sod and preparing soil for an upcoming housing project when he was found unresponsive at his work site. OSHA's preliminary investigations suggest that the worker may have suffered heat stroke from working in difficult climate conditions.

The other tragedy occurred in the same state, Missouri. This particular situation involved a 25-year-old man who was working as a tree trimmer at the time. At some point, a tree limb reportedly fell on top of the man. The injured employee was then taken to a local hospital for emergency treatment. Sadly, he later succumbed to his injuries.

The circumstances of work-related deaths may vary. When California workers survive their injuries, they often file compensation claims to collect benefits that help pay medical bills and replace lost wages during recovery. However, when the worker has died, regardless of the exact details of the situation, such benefits typically transfer to an immediate family member. This type of workers' compensation claim can be complicated and may be best addressed alongside competent legal guidance.

Source: ozarkradionews.com, "OSHA probing 2 workplace deaths last week in Missouri", Aug. 16, 2016

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