An Ohio construction worker died after a huge rock fell into a channel in which he was working. The accident happened at a Trotwood, Ohio, worksite on the afternoon of October 13. The construction worker killed by the falling rock was an employee of construction company Kelchner Inc. The crew was hired by Montgomery County to work on a drain replacement project.
Montgomery County Coroner’s Office identified the man as forty-three-year-old Martin Torres Lopez, from West Chester Township.
Lopez was working in a 25 feet deep channel when he got caught between the boulder and a pipe.
The construction co-workers managed to lift Torres out of the trench before emergency teams arrived at the scene.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of the worker.
Department of Labor spokesman Scott Allen confirmed that OSHA is investigating the death. They are having interviews with potential witnesses, other employees, and the employer to determine what might have caused the incident.
Losing a loved one in circumstances like this is a tragedy. Although the lost life is precious and nothing can compensate for the loss of a person, the family of the victim is eligible to collect a claim.
If you’re facing a similar case, it’s time to get justice on your side. No matter what type of job your loved one was doing, you should consult a worker’s compensation attorney to see what possibilities you have. The employer must pay workers’ compensation claims for both injury or death at the workplace.
The investigation will show how the accident happened, and you and your attorney can file a lawsuit and seek the settlement. The claim can help you cover hospital, funeral, and other accident-related expenses.
Our team at Ohio Workers’ Compensation Lawyers will gladly stand by your side and help you get the settlement you deserve.