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OSHA investigates fatal accident that kills Montana worker

Workplace safety is not limited to construction sites, industrial plants and office buildings. Workers anywhere have the right to be protected from hazards and dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a fatal workplace accident in Butte, Montana, east of Billings. A 46-year-old man and another worker were reportedly inside the bucket of an aerial lift when the lift collapsed as it was being loaded onto a flatbed trailer. The man suffered serious injuries and was rushed to St. James HealthCare, where he later died. The workplace accident victim was employed by Big Sky Rental, which also owns the lift.

According to OSHA, Big Sky Rental has been cited for failing to report the fatal accident within eight hours, as required. The investigation is ongoing and may take months to complete.

Whether the fatal accident is a car crash, truck accident or workplace accident, a sudden death in such a manner is always devastating. For the grieving family members left behind, the worker's death is not only emotionally difficult, but is also usually financially challenging, especially if the victim was the main provider in the household.

In such a case, a wrongful death lawsuit may be an option for surviving family members. This type of lawsuit helps the family obtain compensation for the financial and emotional damages resulting from the fatal workplace accident. In addition, the lawsuit serves as a legal remedy that holds the negligent party liable for the compensation.

Source: Kbzk, "OSHA Investigating Fatal Lift Accident in Butte," John Emeigh, Oct. 23, 2013

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