Posted On: November 5, 2008 by Steven J. Malman

Contract Worker Dies in Accident at Illinois Power Plant

Federal workplace safety officials are investigating a deadly work accident at the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative Marion Generating Plant involving a contract worker who was killed while working with a crew to replace an air heater. Mike Morgan died early Friday morning after he slipped, fell, and got caught between stationary equipment and a rotating, 80-ton heater.

Morgan was employed by Scheck Industrial Corporation. He was part of a group of employees who were hired to help with an unusually big outage at the plant. According to Scheck Industrial Corporation president, Randy Peach, the plant emergency response team arrived at the accident scene within minutes after Morgan was injured but were unable to revive him. Morgan was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Scheck officials and Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials are investigating the cause of the deadly work accident.

Power Plant Injuries
Working at a power plant can be a dangerous place for employees. Common work injuries at power plants include electric current-related injuries, falls from great hights, and equipment- related injuries.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits
If a worker is killed while on the job, his or her widow or widower and children are entitled to death benefits. While the minimum weekly rate that surviving family members can receive is $441.93, the maximum weekly rate for death benefits is $1,178.48/week with a maximum of $500,000 or for no more than 25 years.

To ensure that you receive the maximum amount of death benefits that you and your family are owed, it is important that you consult with an Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer who is experienced in dealing with work accidents and understands Illinois’s workers’ compensation law.

Workplace Accident Kills Worker At Power Plant, News Talk AM70, November 1, 2008

Related Web Resources:
Southern Illinois Power Cooperative

Scheck Industrial Corporation

If you or someone you love was injured in an Illinois work accident anywhere in the state, contact Chicago Workers' Compensation Attorney Steven J. Malman today.

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