Crossing Guard Succumbs to Injuries from March Incident
Paula Main, 69, a North Liberty crossing guard died May 5 from injuries sustained when struck by a car in March. The initial accident occurred on March 21 around 8 a.m. was Main was on duty near Penn Elementary. Main had left her car and was walking outside the crosswalk, approaching her post, when she was struck. Her injuries were initially reported as not life threatening, but progressed over the weeks the followed.
Man Dies in Construction Accident
Henry William Gray, 56, was killed in a construction accident on Monday, May 2nd. Gray was participating in an excavation project with Snelling Construction when part of the foundation wall fell over onto him. Rescue personnel and construction workers freed him from the debris, however he was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is ongoing.
Pedestrian Killed in Council Bluffs Accident
Clifford Guild, 65, of Council Bluffs died in an accident Tuesday, May 3rd. Guild was crossing the road and was struck by a car driven by 25-year-old Jessica Sawyer, also of Council Bluffs. The incident occurred at the 3800 block of Avenue G around 8:30 a.m. Guild was taken to CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center where he died overnight.
Attorney Lombardi’s Comments:
The crossing guard’s work related accident may or may not be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. I’ve never had a client injured as a crossing guard. I can’t imagine there is not insurance to cover crossing guards. I see them every morning in West Des Moines. They are always putting their lives on the line, so to speak, because of the commuter traffic being in a hurry to get to the office. Death benefits in Iowa for workers one benefit of these lower paying jobs. The dependents and/or spouse should seek the claim form from the front office.
The construction accident resulting in Mr. Gray’s death should have never happened. Had the correct construction safety precautions had been taken it is unlikely any worker would have been crushed by a falling foundation wall. There may be a workers’ compensation death claim and/or a claim against another subcontractor.
The pedestrian accident is one that needs to be investigated quickly to gather and to preserve the evidence.
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