While work-related injuries can happen to people in every type of job, it’s fair to say that some careers are more dangerous than others. Construction is one of the most hazardous jobs available in the Fairfax area.

Construction workers often stand at great heights off the ground. They use powerful tools, massive machines and heavy materials every day. When an accident happens at a construction site, workers can suffer far worse than bumps and bruises. They can be permanently disabled — or worse, killed.

Construction site fatalities

Recently, two workers were killed at a construction site in Suffolk. Details are scarce, but it appears the two were caught in a collapse. At first, several workers were missing after the incident, and search and rescue teams were searching the scene. This suggests some type of collapse of the building or in a ditch.

The victims were part of a crew building a new Amazon location. They were both in their 30s. It is likely that they were husbands and fathers.

Workers’ comp can help accident victims and their families

Virginia workers who get hurt or sick on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to compensate them for their medical expenses, as well as some or all of your expected future lost wages. But when a construction worker or someone in another line or work is killed, the loss that the family experiences is quite different. Though not as important as the devastating emotional trauma of losing a beloved spouse, surviving families can struggle financially as well. Besides funeral costs and any medical bills, the deceased’s loved ones may be left with a huge hole in their household income.

Workers’ compensation offers survivor benefits, which can pay some of these expenses and compensate the deceased worker’s dependents. However, getting approval for benefits can be complicated if the employer and their workers’ comp insurer oppose the claim.