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Pennsylvania man killed in workplace accident

In the workplace, it is very easy for someone to get distracted and do something wrong. When people are doing a poor job, or are otherwise distracted, they can easily cause a workplace accident which can lead to a job injury -- or worse.

In a recent Pennsylvania accident, a worker was actually killed in a workplace accident. The accident occurred in a manufacturing plant that makes roofing and siding materials. The 60-year-old worker was using an overhead crane to move steel coil. When a 10,000 pound coil was lifted up, another coil shifted out of place. This coil weighed nearly 5,000 pounds and pinned the man against other coils.

Doctors say the man died at his workplace of trauma to his chest. Police are continuing to investigate the accident to determine why it happened. Furthermore, federal officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are also investigating the incident to try and determine why the accident occurred.

A job injury, or fatal accident, can be traumatic on victims and their families. People may spend months or years of their lives trying to recover. When a workplace accident kills an employee, that employee's family may be left with medical bills, funeral expenses and much less income.

For most workers and their families, workers' compensation is available following a workplace accident. Workers' compensation will help cover expenses resulting from an accident. Also, a death benefit may be available for families. This money can help people get back on their feet and focused on their recovery.

If a fatal workplace accident was caused by someone else's negligence, the family may want to consider a wrongful death suit in addition to a workers' compensation claim. A wrongful death suit can also help to cover expenses and include compensation for pain and suffering.

Source: WSLS10, "Worker killed in western Pa. industrial accident," Feb. 4, 2013

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