All workplaces in Pennsylvania and across the country hold some degree of risk. Though employers and workers can take reasonable measures to reduce the risks, a piece of equipment that malfunctions, for example, may be difficult to anticipate. Unfortunately, a man in another state recently died after he was involved in an industrial accident.
The accident happened on a day in mid-August. According to reports, the incident occurred at M&E Industries Inc. A cap on a tank described as “highly pressurized” is said to have come loose.
Unfortunately, the cap reportedly struck a 65-year-old man in the chest. He was transported to the hospital, but ultimately passed away as a result of his injuries. The Tennessee Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating the incident. Once the investigation is complete — in approximately four to six months — TOSHA could cite the man’s employer, fine the company or some combination of both.
In the meantime, the man’s family is likely reeling from the news of his unexpected death due to this industrial accident. Often such a loss can create financial complications as well while families adjust to funeral costs and lost wages. While Pennsylvania and other states require that employers provide workers’ compensation insurance benefits, many people are unfamiliar with the process. Fortunately, an experienced professional can guide them through it, helping them seek a fair settlement. It will do little to reduce the grief felt over such a loss; however, these benefits can ensure that the financial needs of grieving family members are met during an already difficult time.