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Fatal construction accident remains under investigation

While all jobs hold the risk of injury, construction workers in Pennsylvania and across the country face significant risks in almost all aspects of their work. Defective equipment, falling objects or a fall can become a life-changing event for many workers and their families. Unfortunately, investigators in another state are working to fully understand a recent construction accident that resulted in the loss of a life.

The incident happened one afternoon on a day in March. Workers were at a project, ran by Brunelli Construction, demolishing a bridge. Unfortunately, police received a call regarding an overturned excavator.

When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they discovered that an excavator was lying on its side. Reports indicate that the worker operating the equipment, a 60-year-old man, was ejected from it. Although he was transported to the hospital, he passed away as a result of his injuries. The medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of his death. While the cause of the accident is unknown, police do not believe that it was caused by wind.

Unfortunately, a construction accident such as this can have a significant impact on the emotional and financial well-being of surviving family members. Funeral expenses and loss of wages can make it difficult for those who lost a family member to meet their financial obligations. As a result, Pennsylvania requires employers to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage to protect employees in the event of an accident. While these benefits typically extend to certain family members in the event of a fatality, many people who deserve compensation may not feel capable of securing adequate compensation while also managing their grief. Fortunately, there are attorneys with experience with the process who can help them.

Source: fox61.com, "Police identify man killed in excavator accident in East Hartford", Doug Stewart, March 22, 2017

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