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Man crushed to death by falling granite

When California employees are injured in workplace accidents, the resulting issues can be great. Concerns are first focused on the health of injured parties. After that, the need for help with medical treatment, workers’ compensation or other assistance is common in the wake of an on-the-job accident. In the event of fatal accidents, family members must also deal with the loss of loved ones.

Friends and relatives of a 59-year old man in Maine are among those who mourn the loss of someone due to a work accident. According to reports, OSHA will be investigating the site of an accident in Freeport that involved three employees. Two of the workers have been released from care after being treated for their injuries. The third man, however, died immediately when he was crushed to death by a large piece of granite.

All three men were employed by Coastal Landscape Construction and Snow Services. The company was installing a set of granite steps at a commercial building that housed a sandwich shop, a sports store and an Italian bistro. A machine was being used to move the granite and two of the employees were attempting to open a door that secured the stone. In the process, the forklift forks and granite that was on the forks fell directly onto the man.

When an accident happens, it is important to determine if an unsafe working environment was a contributing factor. It can also be helpful to consult with a lawyer to learn about the options for compensation.

Source: WCSH6.com, “One person dead after industrial accident in Freeport,” Sara Delage, June 10, 2014

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