When most people in Pennsylvania think of dangerous occupations, jobs like soldier, police officer and firefighter come to mind. While these job certainly hold high degree of harm, those who work in the field of construction also face a significant amount of risks as they complete their job-related tasks. For example, a man in another state recently passed away following a construction site accident.
According to reports, police were notified about an incident just before 3 p.m. on an afternoon in early August. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a 50-year-old victim of a workplace accident. The man had reportedly been working beside the foundation of a building when it collapsed and hit him
The man was transported to the hospital but was pronounced dead. The medical examiner must now determine the cause of death. Several organizations, including local and state police as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, are currently investigating the accident.
Most employers work hard to protect the safety of their employees in accordance with OSHA standards. Unfortunately, a construction site accident, or other workplace incident, can occur despite these efforts. As a result, states such as Pennsylvania require employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance benefits to help workers with expenses created by a workplace accident, including medical bills. In the event of a fatality such as this, these benefits can extend to certain family members and provide for funeral costs. Because most families are unprepared to negotiate with an insurance company following the unexpected death of a loved one, many ask a professional with experience with the compensation process to negotiate on their behalf.
Source: medford.wickedlocal.com, “One dead after Medford industrial accident,” Aug. 2, 2017