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Deceased Pennsylvania worker's daughter gets scholarship

Of the different workplaces that are prone to workplace accidents in the state of Pennsylvania, construction sites along highways may be among the highest risk. The workers, who are employed to carry out construction and other activities along these highways, often fall victim to work injury.

A workplace accident may lead to the injured worker undergoing financial hardship in the form of medical expenses incurred as well as lost wages. If the worker suffers from permanent disability or a loss of life because of the accident, the surviving members of the worker's family are also likely to face steep financial challenges due to loss of earnings. Because of these reasons, the employer or insurance companies may be required to pay compensation to the worker or his or her family members.

Such compensation may be of different kinds. It may be provided to the worker in a lump sum amount, or as a monthly sum. At the same time, as a recent event goes to show, at least some workers and their families are receiving an additional benefit by way of a scholarship to help with the costs of education for a worker's child. In this case, a foundation affiliated with a transportation construction trade association chose to award a scholarship for higher education to the children of 11 workers who lost their lives or were permanently disabled due to workplace accidents on the highway.

This scholarship program was established back in 1999 with a monetary gift from two highway contractors. One of the children to have received the scholarship this year was the daughter of a worker who died while working on a road work project in Pennsylvania. Scholarships like these can certainly help the family of a deceased worker afford something that may not have been possible otherwise after the death of a worker. However, workers injured on the job are entitled to benefits through workers' compensation that are meant to help with a number of expenses. Given that almost 100 highway workers fall victim to on-the-job injuries in the United States per year, such workers and their families should understand what options are available to help during what can be a very difficult time.

Source:, "ARTBA Announces Aid to Children of Fallen Highway Workers," May 16, 2014

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