Employers often understand the potential for a workplace accident and the serious harm that one can cause. As a result, they teach their employees the importance of safety and provide them with appropriate gear to keep them safe. Unfortunately, unexpected events in a workplace in Pennsylvania and across the country can occur, leaving workers at risk. In fact, a man in another state recently lost his life in an industrial accident.
The incident happened one morning on a day in mid-May. According to reports, it occurred at Duke Energy, a coal-burning power plant. Officials with the fire department claim they received a call about an extraction.
However, once they arrived on scene, they discovered that the victim had been extricated by co-workers who were performing CPR. The 65-year-old victim was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officials with the company claim that details about the incident are unclear, but reports indicate that the incident happened in an outdoor area where coal is loaded on a conveyor belt. It is believed that the man either fell or otherwise became trapped while working.
An investigation conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will work to determine all of the details surrounding the industrial accident. In the meantime, the family of the deceased man must now come to terms with news of his unexpected death. Often, families experience financial hardships as a result of funeral costs and lost wages, but they may be entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits. Many in Pennsylvania who have lost a loved one in such a manner have opted to ask for guidance from an attorney with experience with the process as they seek they benefits they deserve.
Source: wlky.com, "Man dies in New Albany workplace incident", Lauren Adams, May 15, 2018