A range of occupations in Pennsylvania carry a high risk of injury and
even death. Still, that doesn't mean that employees or their families
are not entitled to compensation for injuries suffered in aworkplace accident. Sadly, these issues are likely on the minds of one man's family after
a recent accident at a Pennsylvania foundry took his life.
The industrial accident happened around 12:30 in the afternoon on June
4. According to a local news report, a coroner pronounced the man dead
at the scene, and company officials temporarily shut down the foundry
The exact details of the accident at the metal casting center were not
known at the time of a local report, but the man's death was said
to be the first one at the industrial location in a very long time. The
Occupational Health and Safety Administration is currently investigating
the accident, and the results of that investigation should reveal whether
proper safety measures were in place.
In Pennsylvania, if a workplace accident results in the death of an employee,
the family of the deceased may have options to recover compensation under
our state's workers' compensation laws.
One purpose of workers' compensation is to protect employers from a
windfall award to an employee, but the main purpose is to protect workers
and their families, and to help mitigate the long-term effects of workplace injuries.
Although the process of applying for compensation may seem very straight
forward, that is not always the case. Employers often reject workers'
compensation claims, even in cases involving a death in the workplace.
Additionally, employers can terminate or modify benefits received by a
worker. There are also many steps and formalities involved in the filing
process, and it can be extremely helpful to seek out professional assistance
to ensure these steps and formalities are met the first time around. A
rejected claim could leave grieving family members waiting around for
much needed benefits.
Source: WFMJ, "North-central Pa. foundry accident kills worker," June 5, 2012