Employers in Pennsylvania and organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration go to great lengths to protect the overall well-being of workers. Unfortunately, even the most stringent standards cannot prevent all workplace incidents. For example, an event that recently took place in another state proved to be a fatal workplace accident.
The incident is said to have happened one day in early June. The 64-year-old male victim was reportedly working for a trash-hauling company. At the time of the accident, he was said to have been working on the rear of a vehicle.
While details of the accident are unclear, officials claim that the truck axle fell on the man's midsection. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The incident, deemed an industrial accident, is being investigated by OSHA; an autopsy has also been scheduled. The man's employer could face fines and/or citations if it is found that health and safety standards were violated in the events leading up to the man's death.
Unfortunately, a fatal workplace accident can occur in the safest of work environments. As a result, employers in Pennsylvania and across the country are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage. These benefits can help families struggling with the financial impact of an unexpected loss and can provide for funeral expenses and lost wages. Those who deserve such compensation are typically going through a great deal of emotional turmoil, often prompting them to seek guidance from an experienced workers' comp attorney.
Source: freep.com, "Man dies in Pontiac after truck axle falls on him", June 8, 2017