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Pennsylvania tree cutter seriously injured by falling tree

Any Pennsylvania resident with a job understands that there are certain risks that come with the job, no matter how seemingly harmless the position is. For example, those working in an office setting where they sit most of the time might suffer from repetitive stress injuries by working on computers. They might also trip and fall over an item left on the floor, or come down with a contagious illness that a co-worker brought to work. Even so, some industries are more dangerous than others. The construction field comes to mind, with its high risk of being injured by operating heavy equipment and other construction duties. The logging and forestry industries are also dangerous jobs due to numerous factors.

The above statement was illustrated earlier in August in a work accident that occurred in Coolspring Township. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, employees from a tree company were cutting down several trees in a wooded area. One of the tree cutters suffered serious injuries when the tree he was working on fell on top of him. The 45-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition and later flown to a Pittsburgh trauma center. It is unknown yet whether the unfortunate man will recover from his injuries.

Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws exist to cover medical expenses and other losses resulting from accidents like this one. For example, the man or his family might seek compensation for his lost wages, in addition to the coverage of his hospital expenses. It is possible for any workers’ compensation claim to be denied, at which time an attorney may be necessary to help with the appeals process.

Source: WFMJ News, "Tree falls on worker in Mercer County," Brooke Meenachan, Aug. 18, 2015

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