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Construction accident at high school results in worker's death

Certain job industries in New York carry more risk to employees than others, and nowhere is that more evident than in the construction industry. Construction workers do an important and necessary job, and despite this increased risk, there are many ways to protect them. There are times when an employee's company may be to blame for unsafe work conditions, or it could be the responsibility of a third party, such as a property owner. Either way, if a construction accident happens, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will typically investigate to determine exactly what went on and whether any safety guidelines were violated. OSHA will have to do just that for a recent accident at a school that took the life of a construction worker.

Officials have not been able to release many details, as they are still conducting an investigation. What they do know is that the accident happened at a combined junior and senior high school on a recent weekday. A construction worker was struck by falling debris. The debris hit him on his head and face. 

First responders rushed the worker to a local hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, his injuries were too severe and he was pronounced dead there. Law enforcement has declined to provide many personal details about the worker, pending notification of his family. OSHA is working to determine exactly how this tragedy occurred and will release its findings once the investigation is complete.

This man's family may be entitled to workers' compensation death benefits due to this fatal construction accident, which could help them financially during this difficult time. However, if the evidence suggests that a third party is responsible, the man's family could elect to file a wrongful death lawsuit in addition to a workers' comp claim. Doing so may result in an award of monetary damages not typically included in a compensation claim. For those here in New York in a similar situation, they may want to consult an attorney to determine what course of action may be best.

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