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Workplace accidents: Forklift operator killed

Health and safety standards are in place in workplaces in Pennsylvania and across the country. While some workers may not diligently follow safety rules, most employees work hard to prevent workplace accidents, to protect their personal safety as well as the safety of their co-workers. Despite one man's efforts to stay safe, he was recently killed in an industrial accident in another state.

The man worked as a forklift operator and trainer. His family described him as being extremely safety-conscious, even going so far as to supply bathrooms with training manuals. Unfortunately, he was involved in an industrial accident on a day in early January.

According to reports, he was operating a forklift at the time of the accident. The machinery reportedly struck a concrete pillar, ejecting him. Unfortunately, the forklift continued moving, running over the man; he died at the scene.

In addition to their grief and shock over their unexpected loss, family members claim they recently moved into a new house and are concerned about their ability to make mortgage payments. Many families in Pennsylvania who lose loved ones in workplace accidents often face similar struggles as a result of lost wages and funeral expenses. Even when communities come together to support these families through fundraisers, there is often insufficient funds to meet all their needs.

Fortunately, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits which can help with a variety of complications stemming from such a loss. An attorney with experience with these benefits can help these families fight for a fair settlement.

Source: NBC San Diego, "'Everyone Loved Him': Family Mourns Longshoreman Killed in Forklift Accident," Jan. 12, 2018

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