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Work-related deaths often shrouded in mystery

Every year, families in California and many other states receive unexpected phone calls informing them that loved ones have been seriously injured or killed on the job. Such tragedies occur more often in some fields of employment than others. Work-related deaths are more likely to happen on construction sites or in factories where high-powered machinery is often used rather than business offices or clothing stores, for instance.

When a worker suffers a fatal on-the-job injury, the exact cause of the situation is not always immediately apparent. In such circumstances, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as local law enforcement agencies, often get involved. Investigations may take weeks or months before conclusions are determined.

One such tragedy occurred recently in another state. A man who worked for NMC Railway Systems was found unresponsive and lying at the foot of a stairway. Someone performed CPR on him until rescue workers arrived on site. The 44-year-old man was pronounced dead after being transported to a nearby hospital.

OSHA has announced that it will be investigating the matter. Spouses and other immediate family members often need assistance to navigate the system after losing loved ones in work\-related deaths. Learning that a family member has suffered an untimely death is emotionally traumatic; having to interact with employers, insurance agencies or other officials can be quite stressful.  An experienced California attorney can act as a family advocate to seek answers to questions and file any claims necessary to obtain any and all benefits that might be available through the workers' compensation program.

Source: 1011now.com, "Man killed in possible workplace accident identified", March 21, 2017

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