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Officials investigate fatal warehouse accident

Most employers in Pennsylvania and across the country go to great lengths to ensure that their workers are safe as they complete their job responsibilities. Unfortunately, some jobs are inherently dangerous -- even those that may seem to be relatively safe -- if, for example, they require the worker to work at great heights. For example, a man in another state recently passed away due to a warehouse accident.

The 45-year-old victim was reportedly working as a contractor at the warehouse where the accident happened. Reports indicate that he was painting when he fell through a fiberglass portion of a roof, approximately 40 feet. He landed on a concrete floor.

He was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. Unfortunately, he passed away as a result of injuries he suffered. While the local police department is investigating the incident, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely also look into the incident. If safety or health violations are discovered, OSHA could issue fines, citations or both.

No family is prepared for the news of the unexpected death of a loved one. Unfortunately, many families will also face financial uncertainty because of their loss. As a result, states, including Pennsylvania, require employers to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage. These benefits compensate employers for costs incurred as a result of a warehouse accident -- or other workplace incident -- and can extend to certain family members in the event of a fatality. In the aftermath of the unexpected loss of a loved one, however, many people are unable to successfully negotiate with an insurance company on their own, prompting them to seek guidance from an experienced professional.

Source: westhawaiitoday.com, "Police seek info in industrial site death," Oct. 11, 2017

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