Pennsylvania residents who are injured while working are entitled to worker's
Workers' compensation is a program that helps to ensure that anyone who is injured at work will
not be compromised financially through lost work time or medical expenses.
Recently, a Pennsylvania man likely became eligible for such compensation
after being run over by a steam roller while working at a landfill.
The accident occurred on Nov. 30. Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched
to the landfill at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon. The accident was
not fatal, and the worker was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
He was treated and expected to have a quick release, and a full recovery
of his injuries was anticipated.
A sergeant for the state police reported that officers do not conduct full
investigations on work-related accidents that are non-fatal in nature.
This responsibility falls to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA), which will have six months to investigate and prepare a full report.
The role of the police in situations such as this one is to ensure that
sufficient emergency medical services are efficiently provided to those
in need at the time of the emergency.
How long the man will be off work was unknown at press time, though the
company he works for has anticipated that he will return to work upon
his recovery. Even so, for many families, one day of lost wages could
be detrimental to the family budget, and this man will likely be entitled
to workers' compensation benefits to mitigate such financial burdens.
Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "OSHA investigating accident at Chrin Brothers Sanitary Landfill, authorities say," Michael Buck, Dec 5, 2011