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Pennsylvania worker dies from accident at sewer construction site

The United States has a great number of construction-site accidents. A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, construction worker frequently faces a hazardous workplace environment that is fraught with the possibility of danger.  Unfortunately, when a work-related accident takes place serious, or even fatal, injures often result. While governmental organizations such as the Occupational Health and Safety Administration have taken various steps to ensure that all workplace environments stay safe and that worker safety is not compromised, even OSHA cannot entirely eliminate the chance of injury caused to a construction worker due to a sudden and unforeseen construction site accident.

A construction worker in a small borough in southwestern Pennsylvania recently was a victim in such an accident which proved fatal. He was working to install the first sewer system in a small town when a concrete manhole form fell on him, pinning his body to the ground underneath.

Coworkers used a crane to lift the concrete block and quickly performed CPR until local paramedics arrived on the scene. Ultimately, the worker could not be saved and died from his injuries. OSHA is currently investigating this entire incident, and no cause for the accident has been given.

Irrespective of the results of the investigation, the family members of the worker may have a sound claim for workers' compensation benefits from the employer. This is because workers' comp covers survivors' benefits when their loved one is killed on the job. The worker was also a wage-earning member of the family and now the income is lost to the family. Under certain circumstances, the family can avail the services of an experienced lawyer to increase the chance for success of their claim.

Source:, "Worker killed helping install first-ever sewers in tiny southwestern Pennsylvania borough," May 6, 2014

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