While many families are aware that tragedy could strike at any time, most
are unaware of the full implications of an unexpected loss. Unfortunately,
too many people die in workplace accidents each year, such as in
construction workers' accidents. While Pennsylvania requires employers to provide workers' compensation
benefits to help in the event of such an accident, there is no amount
of money that will soothe a grieving family. One family is likely still
coming to terms with the news that an accident took the life of their
Many of the details surrounding the accident are unclear. However, Gulisek
Construction reportedly sent out a crew to patch a Pennsylvania bridge.
One of the workers, a 35-year-old man, was using a hydraulic lift. It
is believed that he became trapped between the lift and the ceiling of
One person who lives near the accident site reported watching the aftermath.
While workers attempted to block traffic, she heard reports that the man
was not breathing. Paramedics attempted to revive him, but were unable.
He died at the scene of the accident.
While officials work to determine the cause of the accident, the man's
family is likely preparing to say goodbye to their loved one and wondering
how they will cope with funeral expenses and the loss of the victim's
wages. Workers' compensation benefits typically extend to dependent
family members in the event of a fatality. However, many insurance companies
are difficult to deal with. Seeking the help of experienced professionals
after construction workers' accidents could help families ensure they
receive all of the compensation to which they are entitled.
Source: CBS Pittsburgh, "Man Crushed In Wilkinsburg Industrial Accident", Bob Allen, May 30, 2015