While all jobs in Missouri and across the country have risks, anytime a person works at a job involving heavy equipment or product, the risk of injury may be even higher. Unfortunately, victims of an accident — including surviving family members in the event of a fatality — are often left wondering how they will cope with the fallout of an industrial accident. In fact, a family in another state may be experiencing this after a woman was reportedly killed while at work.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in late January. According to reports, the 31-year-old woman was an employee of Republic Services. There were reportedly three one-ton bales of recycled material stacked on top of one another. Unfortunately, the stack is said to have destabilized, causing two to fall.

One of the bales landed on the woman. Unfortunately, she died at the scene of the accident. The company has since released a statement expressing its condolences to the woman’s family and sorrow over her death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also launched an investigation into the incident.

While OSHA’s findings regarding the industrial accident might provide some sense of closure for the woman’s grieving family members, they will do little to help them cope with the financial consequences of her loss. Funeral expenses and lost wages can quickly have a significant impact on a family. Though these costs may be covered by workers’ compensation insurance benefits, those without experience with the process — especially when also coping with the unexpected death of a loved one — may find it confusing and overwhelming. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can help guide victims in Missouri throughout the process.