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Fatality shows danger of construction workplace accidents

Workplace accidents can happen in any kind of job in Pennsylvania with people suffering injuries and fatalities. Some industries are more dangerous than others, and the work is inherently risky. One of those industries is construction. Given the nature of the work with people stationed at great heights, using heavy equipment and trusting their safety to others, it is no surprise that many workplace accidents occur and people are hurt or lose their lives. For those injured, workers' compensation benefits are critical. For those killed, there are steps that must be taken for the family left behind to get death benefits. Having legal help is step one after a workplace accident.

A worker on a construction site died when he was hit by a piece of equipment. The accident occurred at around 8:30 a.m. when the man, said to be in his early-20s, was hit by an item that had been in the air. Reports suggest that the object spun and hit him. He was killed instantly. It has been referred to as a "freak" accident. It is being investigated by law enforcement and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA. The project was to drill lines for an energy plant.

When there is a fatal workplace injury, it is different from a workers' compensation case. When there are injuries, there are various rules that the injured party must adhere to when receiving treatment, filing their claim and much more. If there is a fatality, the family should also understand what needs to be done to receive the death benefits they are entitled to and have legal help to file a claim if there is any confusion regarding the case. With the lost wages, pain and suffering and other factors that are part of a fatality in workplace accidents, it is imperative to have legal advice.

A construction worker died when he was hit in the head by a suspended piece of equipment. It will provide little solace to the family that the man evidently did not feel any pain and was killed immediately. The result is that he has died and they need to move on without him. Part of that is seeking compensation via death benefits. A law firm that has experience in helping clients who have been impacted by workplace accidents should be called as soon as possible to move forward with a case. This ensures one is well informed and takes steps to protect their rights.

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