Drivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have most likely noticed the reduced
speed signs when they drive through a roadside construction zone. There
are many reasons that drivers would need to reduce their speed, but worker
safety is one of the most important. Workers in roadside construction
zones are presented with constant dangerous conditions. Asking drivers
to reduce their speeds can help to prevent a construction site accident.
Unfortunately, there are other conditions that can cause an employee to
be injured on the job and the nature of the equipment that they work with
is one of those conditions. A worker in a roadside construction zone in
Pennsylvania was recently killed on the job due to an unexpected accident
that occurred involving a piece of equipment.
The accident occurred at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon. The accident
is currently under investigation and therefore the only details known
at this time are that the accident involved a piece of equipment and the
man was tragically pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The name
of the man's employer also has not been released.
Given the nature of the work and the machinery with which tasks are completed,
construction workers' accidents have the propensity to be very severe
and, in the most unfortunate situations such as this one, deadly. The
good news is that there is recovery available. When a worker is injured
on the job they are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. In
this case, the family of the deceased worker will likely have a claim.
When a worker recovers compensation benefits it often covers medical expenses
and lost wages for time spent away from work recovering. In a wrongful
death situation, the family of the deceased will likely be able to recover
these same items, as well as death expenses.
Source: ABC Local, "Road worker killed at construction site in Montgomeryville, Pa.," July 31, 2013