Employees in Pennsylvania should expect a reasonably safe work environment,
and no one should have to suffer a serious on-the-job-injury or death
simply for being at work. Yet, these types of injuries and deaths occur
on regular basis in Pennsylvania and nationwide. One such tragedy occurred
recently when a 51-year-old Pennsylvania man was killed in a tragic
According to a local coroner's office, the man was employed at the
Deer Country Farm & Lawn when a heavy piece of machinery fell on him.
The man had been employed with the company for 22 years and worked as
a mechanic. His death was determined to be accidental. The company for
which the man worked reportedly set up a memorial fund in honor of him
at a local bank. The business closed on the morning of the man's funeral
to allow employees to attend.
It is no secret that some jobs are more dangerous than others. Even so,
employees should be able to expect a high-degree of safety when they are
working in more hazardous conditions. For many of those who are involved
in a job-related accident, the cost of their injuries can be life-altering.
When this occurs, victims and families of victims often have to rely on
workers' compensation. This compensation can be used to help offset
medical costs, rehabilitation costs and funeral costs if the victim is deceased.
For this Pennsylvania family, workers' compensation may be forthcoming
if they apply for the benefits under the death clause. While no amount
of money will heal their sorrow, money can be useful in helping the family
meet its financial obligations during this grievous time. Workers'
compensation benefits are there to help those in need when they need help the most.
Source: Reading Eagle, "Man, 51, killed in industrial accident," Dec. 14, 2011