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Vehicles cause many road construction workers' accidents

Paving, repairing and maintaining the roads of Pennsylvania puts those who work in the industry at great risk. They face hazards from the elements, the equipment and materials used and the vehicles that many of them are around as pedestrians while they work. Even when safety precautions are taken, this makes vehicles a significant cause of road construction workers' accidents here in the state and across the country.

For instance, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police are each conducting their own investigations into the death of a 51-year-old man who recently died while working at a road construction site. At around 7:45 a.m., he and a crew were doing some paving work at an intersection. Somehow, the truck he was working behind ran over him.

While the victim's family copes with his loss, the investigations will determine what went wrong and whether the company, its managers and/or its employees violated safety regulations that may have prevented the man's death. Depending on what OSHA discovers, the company could face citations and fines. Until then, the family may have many unanswered questions about how the death of their loved one occurred.

Those questions may be answered in time, but until then, they may be wondering how they will make it financially after the loss of their loved one. Workers' compensation benefits are often available to the surviving family members of workers who die in road construction workers' accidents. Pursuing these claims during their time of grief may only complicate an already unpleasant situation, so it may make sense to enlist the help of an attorney who routinely seeks these benefits on behalf of injured workers and/or their grieving families.

Source:, "State Police, OSHA investigating after man killed during Butler County construction accident", David Kaplan, July 18, 2017

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