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Pennsylvanian worker dies in construction site accident


It is quite possible for any worker to fall victim to an accident in the workplace. However, for those who work in a construction site, the chances of such an accident increase due to the inherently dangerous nature and surroundings of the worksite.

If a worker suffers from a construction accident, that worker has to bear not only the associated pain and suffering from the injuries, but also the considerable amount of medical expenditure that is incurred in order to recover from such injuries and get back to work. Moreover, workers may also end up losing wages for the work days lost due to undergoing treatment. When a worker suffers an injury due to a construction site accident, that worker will most likely be entitled to workers' compensation benefits, including medical care, paid by the employer.

Recently, a logging site in Pennsylvania was the location of such an accident, when a worker was killed in an accident. Apparently the bulldozer the worker had been operating turned over due to the hilly nature of the site and bad weather. The worker got trapped underneath the bulldozer and could not survive long enough to be rescued. While the bulldozer was reportedly in good condition, it was an older model and it lacked the safety features of newer models.

The accident is still under investigation. If it can be proven that the employer did not take sufficient precautions to ensure sufficiently safe working conditions existed at the construction site, they may end up having to pay a considerable amount of compensation to the worker's dependents.

Source: Olean Times Herald, "Bulldozer kills man at Potter County worksite," Amanda Jones, March 20, 2014

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