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Fatal industrial accident under investigation

Employers and workers in Pennsylvania and across the country often go to great lengths to implement and follow all recommended safety and health precautions. Unfortunately, an industrial accident can happen in even the safest of environments, leaving victims and their loved ones coping with the consequences. A family in another state now must face life without their family member after he was involved in a workplace accident.

The incident happened at approximately 8:30 a.m. on a day in mid-June. According to reports, the 57-year-old victim was working in a manlift, apparently under a boiler platform. The platform reportedly collapsed onto the man, trapping him in the wreckage.

Rescue workers who arrived at the scene had to cut into the fallen parts in order to access the man. Unfortunately, it was determined that he passed away as result of injuries suffered in the collapse. A representative for International Paper, where the incident occurred, claims to be saddened by the event and that the company is working with authorities to determine its cause.

Unfortunately, the family of the deceased man must now cope with the fallout from the industrial accident. In addition to dealing with the emotional consequences of their loss, many people who lose a family member unexpectedly often face financial ramifications as well. As a result, states -- including Pennsylvania -- require that employers provide workers' compensation insurance coverage that may help family members with certain expenses and other losses, such as funeral costs and lost wages, in the event of a fatality. Unfortunately, many people feel unprepared to face this process on their own, but there are experienced professionals who can help them throughout it.

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