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Construction workers' accidents: 1 killed after struck by bucket

Construction workers nationwide, including in Pennsylvania, face a host of safety hazards every day. To prevent construction workers' accidents, employers must ensure all their employees comply with prescribed safety regulations. Furthermore, heavy equipment and machines must only be operated by qualified workers.

An error made by a crane operator might have been the cause of a construction worker's death in a neighboring state. Paramedics and police were called to a construction site on a recent Friday morning. However, they were too late to save the life of a 44-year-old employee of a subcontractor, and his death was declared at the scene.

Reportedly, the man was killed by the impact of a bucket of cement that was swinging from a crane. The bucket struck the employee's head. It is not clear whether the worker was wearing a hard hat at the time of the incident. Maryland Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation to determine whether the fatality was caused by a safety violation. The compliance with safety regulations on the construction site will likely also be scrutinized.

When construction workers' accidents in Pennsylvania claim the lives of workers, their families may seek financial assistance through the workers' compensation insurance system. The survivors' benefits offered by the program typically provides coverage of the expenses related to end-of-life arrangements. In addition, a fatal accident victim's dependents are typically entitled to receive a wage-replacement package that is based on the average weekly wage of the deceased worker. This is meant to assist with day-to-day expenses and financial obligations such as rental or mortgage payments in the immediate aftermath of the tragic loss of a loved one due to an on-the-job accident.

Source: wbaltv.com, "Construction worker killed in Harbor East accident", Saliqa A. Khan, Sept. 15, 2017

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