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Garbage truck worker killed in backup accident

As numerous posts in this blog have pointed out, there are some jobs that are inherently more dangerous than others. Construction and industrial work are near the top of the list, but so are drivers for particular professions. Commercial drivers who navigate busy city streets in Pennsylvania are no exception. Workers’ compensation law under the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry is meant to provide benefits for those injured in workplace accidents, but the law may also compensate the families of victims who were killed on the job. The purpose of death benefits is to aid those who are impacted by the loss of a deceased family member’s income.

A recent accident in Erie illustrated one of the dangers that commercial truck workers face. In October, a 23-year-old man was riding on the back of a refuse truck next to a co-worker. The driver backed up into a utility pole without knowing he had crushed the young man hanging onto the back. The man was pinned between the truck’s rear driver’s side and the pole. It was determined that numerous blunt force trauma injuries killed the worker. Authorities were still investigating the accident and the other workers for signs of intoxication or cellphone use. They stated that the truck appeared to be in good repair and working properly.

Whether a tragic accident was avoidable or not, workers’ compensation may be available in many cases. Families who lost a loved one may need help from an attorney to help them through the claims process.

Source:, "Coroner IDs victim in Erie refuse truck accident," Tim Hahn, Oct. 17, 2015

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