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Workplace accidents: Fatal incident under investigation

There are dangers hidden in every workplace in Pennsylvania and across the country. Workplace accidents may be especially difficult to prevent for workers whose work sites change according to the job, such as for landscapers who frequently move from location to location. Unfortunately, a man has recently lost his life in an incident that occurred in another state.

The incident happened one afternoon on a day in late February. According to reports, an employee of a private landscaping company was operating a chainsaw while he trimmed trees. Unfortunately, it is believed that he came into contact with high-voltage power lines.

The man died as a result of injuries suffered in the incident. Emergency responders were unable to retrieve the victim's body until workers turned off the power to the area. While the identity of the man has not been released, reports indicate that the incident was an industrial accident and will be investigated by the state's division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

No matter the amount of training and tools provided, workplace accidents can still occur, often with devastating effects for workers and their families. As a result, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage. These benefits can help with medical expenses, the effects of lost wages and the costs of retraining if the victim is unable to return to work in the same capacity. In the event of a fatality such as this, the benefits often extend to certain family members and can provide for funeral expenses. Because the time following an accident such as this is already filled with stress, many people in Pennsylvania who deserve such compensation ask for help with the process.

Source: mercurynews.com, "San Jose: Tree trimmer dead after contacting power lines", Robert Salonga, Feb. 26, 2018

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