A Pennsylvania state lawmaker says death benefits for firefighters and
police should be extended to other emergency workers who "run into
the face of danger" for the protection of the community at large.
That is the fervent belief of many people reacting to the tragic death
of a 19-year-old gas worker in January. Right now, gas workers do not receivedeath benefits. The young man, who worked for Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), was killed
in a gas explosion after responding to a gas leak in the Tacony section
of Philadelphia. The accident decimated a building and injured four other
In August, a Pennsylvania state senator announced he will introduce legislation
that would provide a death benefit for gas workers killed in similar instances
and have it applied retroactively to the January explosion. There is not
expected to be much opposition to the measure, which provides for a $150,000
death benefit payment to be made from the general fund. The senator said
aging gas lines still in operation continue to put gas workers in danger.
Workers who place their lives in the line of danger to answer emergencies
are considered heroes in many people's eyes. Work-related injury,
including fatalities, is an area of law that confounds many people. Victims
and families may benefit from consulting an attorney devoted to helping
those people collect the benefits they deserve.
Source: The NewsWorks, "Pa. lawmaker pushes for PGW death benefit," Donald Hoegg, Aug. 18, 2011