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A construction worker was killed in an accident on Highway 20 in LaConner yesterday.

The worker was killed in a construction zone near Milepost 53 near LaConner at about 8:15 a.m.

Transportation Department spokesman Dustin Terpening said the worker was hit by a street sweeper that was backing up.

Washington law provides for worker’s compensation, a fault-free system of recovery for people injured while on the job. However, when these remedies are inadequate and the injury or death was caused by someone other than a co-worker or employer, the injured worker or his or her family can bring a “third-party” claim against the guilty party or parties.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Workplace Injuries and Discrimination.

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