Most construction sites have inherent dangers of which employees are aware
every day when they go to work and perform their daily responsibilities.
A roadside construction site can be even more dangerous because there
are constantly cars driving past the job site.
Even though employees are aware of most of the dangers involved in their
job responsibilities, the majority of employers are still required to
carry workers' compensation insurance. This insurance allows employers
to be able to provide benefits to workers if they are injured in a
construction site accident.
An employee of a company known as the Beech Group was performing an inspection
on a cherry picker when he was injured. At this time it is not known whether
the accident was due to a machine malfunction or an operator error. The
accident caused the man to become pinned against an I-beam on the interstate
under an overpass.
Allegheny county emergency dispatch received a call notifying them of the
incident shortly before noon. They responded and performed CPR on the
man and he was transported to Allegheny General Hospital, where he was
later pronounced dead due to injuries incurred during the accident. The
Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating
When an individual is killed on the job, their surviving loved ones may
be able to file a wrongful death claim and recover compensation from the
employer for the untimely and wrongful death of their loved one. The compensation
provided in a successful wrongful death claim will usually cover any medical
and death expenses incurred as a result of the accident, as well as lost
wages if the deceased was the family breadwinner. Experienced workers'
compensation attorneys may also be able to secure pain and suffering for
the family, depending on the specific circumstances of the case.
Pittsburgh residents that have experienced the unexpected loss of a loved
one due to a job site accident should not hesitate to seek assistance
in pursuing the deceased's employer. The claims process can be quite
complicated and legal professionals will ensure every requirement for
the lawsuit is met and that compensation is recovered in a timely and
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Inspector on cherry picker killed on Interstate 279," Jacob Axelrad, June 19, 2013