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Construction workers' accidents: Signal technician dies in tunnel

Work was suspended on the Twin Peaks Tunnel project after a recent work-related injury that led to the death of a worker. When lives are lost in construction workers' accidents, co-workers and surviving family members are typically traumatized by the tragedy. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health will investigate this incident to determine the employer's compliance with safety regulations.

According to the mayor of San Francisco, a signal technician suffered critical injuries when a steel beam struck him. Despite the life-saving efforts of his co-workers, he succumbed to his injuries after paramedics rushed him to a hospital in San Francisco. Reportedly, the incident occurred at the West Portal Site at approximately 4:30 p.m. on a recent Friday.

The circumstances that led to the fatal struck-by accident were not reported. Sometimes, workplace accidents in which little information is available exacerbate the trauma suffered by the surviving family members of the deceased workers. Although Cal/OSHA's investigation could take months to complete, the final report might allow the family to find closure.

In the meantime, they might find it challenging to cope with the unanticipated expenses related to end-of-life expenses and the sudden loss of income. Fortunately, the California workers' compensation insurance program provides survivors' benefits for families who have lost loved ones in construction workers' accidents. Further help is available from experienced workers' compensation attorneys who can assist with the administrative and legal aspects of death benefits claims. The financial package included in the benefits are intended to make up for lost wages, and are typically provided for a predetermined period.

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