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New York construction accident claims life of 56-year-old worker

Losing a loved one in an on-the-job accident is a traumatizing experience, and adjusting to life if that loved one was the primary bread winner of a family typically presents many stumbling blocks. It is hard to understand why some company owners have no regard for the safety of their workers. A family in a neighboring state has to cope with such a loss after a construction accident in New York that claimed the life of their loved one.

It was reported that the city Department of Buildings has issued an order to stop all work activities on the building site after a fall accident claimed the life of a 56-year-old worker. A department spokesperson said work will commence again once the general contractor can show that the construction site is safe. The lifeless body of the worker was found at the construction site on a recent Tuesday afternoon.

It was reported that the man was working on his own with not even a supervisor on site at the time of his fall. Authorities who responded to the scene said that no safety harness or other fall protection was evident at the scene. The worker's death was reportedly caused by head trauma caused by the fall. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an accident investigation on the day of the accident, and investigators will determine whether the fatality resulted from safety violations.

New York families who are facing a life without a loved one due to a fatal construction accident may find comfort in knowing that some level of financial relief is available. The workers' compensation insurance system allows dependents of deceased workers to claim death benefits. These benefits will provide assistance in covering the costs of a funeral and burial, and they will typically also includes a financial package to help the surviving family members cope with day-to-day living expenses.

Source: silive.com, "Stop work order issued after fatal fall at Prince's Bay construction site", Matthew Simeone, Nov. 18, 2015

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