Workers who handle heavy objects are always at risk that such objects will fall on them and inflict serious injury or death. Such accidents occur at many types of workplaces, including construction sites, factories and warehouses.

Recently, a Massachusetts man was killed in a workplace accident when a slab of marble fell on him in a tragic accident at a stonework plant.

According to news reports, the man and several co-workers at a marble distributor were moving a section of marble when he became pinned underneath the slab. Co-workers called for emergency help. When police arrived, the man was not breathing and was taken to Cape Cod Hospital. Police officers performed CPR on the man, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

News reports said the man was originally from Brazil and had only recently relocated to Massachusetts in order to seek a better life for himself, his wife and two adult children. The accident is still under investigation.

Workers who are injured in the course of their employment may make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits are meant to pay for medical expenses and rehabilitative care, and to provide income to the worker during the time he or she is unable to return to work. In the event of a fatal accident, workers’ compensation can provide benefits to the worker’s immediate family members to help them cope with the loss of their loved one’s income.

Unfortunately, the workers’ compensation system does not always work smoothly. Insurance companies often reject claims or fail to give workers all the benefits they deserve. An attorney with experience in workers’ compensation law can help the injured and their families through the process of making a claim, and argue on their behalf at hearings and beyond, should it be necessary.