Arizona construction worker dies when dirt compactor falls on him

There are many reasons why people choose to live in Arizona. They may be "snow birds" seeking a retirement home in a warmer climate or they may be living in the state due to a lucrative job opportunity or simply to stay nearby their loved ones. Sometimes these people choose to build a new home, rather than buy an existing one. It's important to keep in mind that home construction sites can be dangerous for those working on them and construction accidents do occur, sometimes with tragic results.

Recently, an Arizona construction worker lost his life on-the-job. He was working at a new home site when a piece of construction equipment he was operating fell over, landing on him. The machine at issue was used to compact dirt. The incident is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

It remains to be seen what the results of the investigation will be, and whether the company the man worked for will be liable for his death. However, it is well-known that construction work presents many dangers. Workers often use heavy machinery, work at great heights and perform strenuous activities for long hours. A construction worker could fall from a roof or ladder, could be crushed by machinery, could be hit by a heavy object or could be electrocuted. The construction industry is important to commerce in Arizona, but it is dangerous.

When an Arizona construction worker is injured or killed on-the-job, he or she may qualify for benefits through the workers' compensation system. In addition, in certain circumstances it is possible to pursue a third-party claim to receive the compensation needed to become whole again. Experienced attorneys understand the issues construction workers and their families face when there is a workplace injury or fatality and may be a useful resource.

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