The most common type of workplace injury is one for which the employer
is responsible to provide the workers' compensation benefits to its
employee or employees who have been injured. However, sometimes a
job-related accident is so large that it injures not only employees on the job site but also
employees at work in areas surrounding the job site.
A very tragic accident that recently occurred in Pennsylvania left not
only demolition crew members injured but also fatally injured two individuals
working at a nearby Salvation Army. Demolition crews were working to demolish
a building that was the neighbor to the Salvation Army thrift shop. When
the building collapsed, demolition workers as well as workers for the
Salvation Army became trapped and some were fatally injured.
Two Salvation Army employees were killed in the accident. One of them was
a 35-year-old woman that was working her first shift at the store. The
other was a 68-year-old woman. At least 12 others were hurt in the accident.
There is some suggestion that the collapse happened due to the demolition
crew cutting corners on the demolition process.
When employees are injured at work, they are usually entitled to workers'
compensation benefits from their employer. When an individual suffers
fatal injuries due to a workplace accident, his or her loved ones are
often able to recover compensation from the employer. Depending upon the
nature of the injuries, the items for which compensation can be recovered
may include medical expenses, lost wages or death expenses.
In some situations, such as this accident in Pennsylvania, it can quickly
become very confusing which party is responsible for providing the recovery.
Therefore, it is often helpful to seek the assistance of a workers'
compensation attorney. They will not only be very well-versed in every
step that needs to be taken to ensure the injured party or their loved
ones receive the compensation they deserve from the party that is responsible
for paying it.
Source: Pocono Record, "2 Salvation Army workers die in Pa. bldg. collapse," June 6, 2013