A Pennsylvania man recently suffered fatal injuries in a work-related accident
at a Proctor & Gamble paper plant. The 36-year-old man reportedly
sustained a traumatic brain injury while working on a papermaking machine.
Medics arrived on the scene and immediately transported the man to a nearby
hospital where he soon succumbed to hisinjuries.
The industrial accident is reportedly being investigated by the employer
and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The OSHA investigation
will seek to determine whether the deceased worker was given the proper
equipment and safety training, and whether the employer took the necessary
steps to ensure that the workplace was reasonably safe for employees.
Readers in the Pittsburgh area probably know that when an individual is
injured at work, workers' compensation law entitles that person to
receive benefits for the injury. These benefits can provide a worker with
the funds he or she needs for medical expenses, as well as with a percentage
of any income lost while the employee is unable to work while recovering
from the injury.
In the event that an on-the-job injury results in permanently reduced functionality
or permanent disability, the employee is entitled to other specific benefits
in addition to payments for medical expenses and lost wages. And as is
the case of this Pennsylvania paper plant employee, the family of a fatally
injured worker is also entitled to workers' compensation payments.
These are called death benefits.
Though workers and their families are often badly in need of workers'
compensation, filing for such benefits is often a laborious and complex
process. Employers are often very specific in the requirements that an
employee must meet in order to max out the benefits to which one is eligible.
That why is receiving the maximum compensation for a work-related injury
usually requires fluency in workers' compensation law.
Source: Justice News Flash, "Man Killed in Industrial Accident at Procter & Gamble Paper Plant," Nicole Howley, March 26, 2012