Dec. 5, 2012
A 49-year-old contract worker from Hebron, Indiana, was killed earlier this week in a work-related accident. The Post-Tribune indicated the incident occurred at around 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the NIPSCO R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield, Indiana.
Reports show that the man was part of a crew conducting scaffolding maintenance at the plant when, for an unknown reason, the worker slipped and fell. The victim plummeted to the ground sustaining injuries from blunt force trauma.
Rescue crews arrived at the scene and transported the worker to a local hospital, but he died a short time after arrival.
Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) was on the scene just hours after the incident to begin an investigation into the cause of the accident and whether or not it could have been prevented. Conclusions from the investigation are expected to be released in two to six months.
If the company is found to be at fault for the accident, the family of the victim may be entitled to Indianapolis Workers’ Compensation benefits, which may help cover medical, funeral, and other accident related expenses.
The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Attorneys understand the dangers workers in the construction industry face every day and would like to send their deepest thoughts and sympathies to the friends, family, and co-workers of the victim.