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Pennsylvania construction accident kills one and injures two

A recent construction accident in a nearby Pennsylvania community southwest of the Altoona area claimed the life of one victim and injured two others. All three of the victims involved in the electrocution accident were taken to the hospital following the accident and one of them died in the emergency department. The coroner reported that construction crews were working on the sewer system when the incident took place.

The coroner further reported that the construction accident occurred when a machine the workers were using in their work came into contact with high-tension lines carrying 23,000 volts of electricity. The electricity went down the machine the workers were using and electrocuted one worker and shocked two others. Power in the area was lost as a result of the accident.

Construction accidents can pose a serious threat to construction workers. Construction workers can suffer serious injuries or death in a construction accident. As a result, it is essential for injured construction workers and their families to be familiar with the legal options and protections available to them following a construction accident. Workers' compensation benefits may be available to help both injured workers and surviving family members of a worker killed in a construction accident or other workplace accident. In addition, if the harm suffered by the construction worker was caused by a third party, such as a sub-contractor, the construction worker may have a claim for damages against that party.

Because of the potentially devastating nature of construction accidents, it is essential for victims to be familiar with the different resources available to them. Protections and options available to victims of construction accidents can vary according to the circumstances so it can be helpful for victims and their families to understand what options may be available to them.

Source: WJACTV.com, "Construction worker killed, 2 hospitalized after electrocution in Johnstown," Matthew Stevens, et al., April 12, 2018

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