Many workplaces in Pennsylvania follow all safety regulations and recommendations. However, when heavy equipment is involved, even the safest of workers could become involved in an industrial accident. In fact, federal investigators are currently examining a fatal incident that left several men dead and sent others to the hospital.
The incident happened at approximately 8 a.m. on a day in early February. According to reports, two men died in the accident. Three others were injured -- one was critically injured and transported to the hospital by helicopter while the other two suffered minor injuries. The identities of the workers were not immediately released.
In fact, few details regarding the accident were released in its immediate aftermath. Other than describing the scene as "very chaotic" when police officers arrived, a spokesperson for the police department declined to comment on how it occurred. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the incident; although an OSHA representative claims that it does not comment on ongoing investigations, she indicated that a report would be released within six months.
For the injured men, the recovery process has likely begun. Unfortunately, the families of the deceased men will likely have a great deal of grief with which they must cope as a result of the industrial accident. All of the victims -- including the surviving family members and the injured workers -- must face the financial consequences of their loss, including lost wages, medical expenses and funeral costs. Depending on the nature and severity of their injuries, the workers may not be able to return to work in the same capacity. Fortunately, they may be entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits; because few people in Pennsylvania have experience with this process, many choose to seek an experienced attorney to help them through it.
Source: publicopiniononline.com, "Manitowoc crane accident: 2 killed, but details on what happened are scarce", Jim Hook, Feb. 2, 2018