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West Virginia truck driver killed while working on semi-truck

Some occupations require a specific skill. Even when an employee possesses that skill, to ensure that the workers conduct themselves properly and follow safety protocols, the employer will often provide additional training. Even when those measures are taken, workplace accident can occur and tragedy can result. A benefit that can often assist when a worker is injured or killed is workers' compensation, but the incident must have occurred while on-the-job.

A 50-year-old truck driver from Monongalia County was recently killed in an accident that involved the semi-truck he was driving for work. The accident occurred while the man was working on the rig and attempting to fix an airbrake line.

While providing maintenance to the truck, the rig began to roll. This resulted in the trucker getting stuck in the space between the truck and the trailer, which eventually rolled over him. The trucker did not survive this work accident. Details surrounding the exact cause for the rig to start rolling have not been reported at this time.

The on-the-job fatal accident is still under investigation and the owner of the company the man worked for has spoken out to the public stating that his prayers are with the friends and family of the victim. The loved ones of the deceased employee could receive workers' compensation benefits to help cover their financial burdens that resulted from the work accident. Expenses such as funeral costs, lost wages, damages and pain and suffering could be covered.

Some jobs are just inherently dangerous while others carry slight risks. No matter the dangers associated with an occupation, workers should be adequately trained and provided safety measures in order to avoid and reduce the chances of a workplace accident.

Source: The Republic, "W.Va. man trying to connect brake line killed when semi rolls; accident under investigation," June 07, 2013

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