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Pennsylvania worker killed while trimming trees

It does not matter if a company is big or small, all companies must follow safety regulations in order to avoid fatal workplace accidents. These safety regulations are in place to protect workers in nearly every industry or occupation. Despite these safety regulations, workplace accidents occur in businesses -- big and small -- very frequently.

When a workplace accident or workplace injuries occur in Pennsylvania, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration steps in to investigate the incident. During its investigation OSHA will try to determine why an accident occurred and if any safety regulations were ignored prior to the accident. To do this OSHA officials will interview employees and company officials, review company procedures and policies, determine how employees are trained and examine equipment. OSHA must complete its investigation within six months.

Recently, OSHA has begun to investigate a Pennsylvania company after a fatal workplace accident. In this situation, a man was trimming trees at a person's home from a bucket truck. Somehow, the man fell from the truck. He died as a result of the fall. At the time of the accident, the man was working for a company that he half owned. According to reports, the man was not wearing safety equipment at the time of the deadly fall, although the company provided safety equipment, including a harness.

Prior to this accident, the company had no record of mistakes and was apparently known for its safety.

When workplace accidents occur often the workers' families are left to deal with the devastating consequences. Often, workers' compensation is available to help ease the burden caused by the accident. While an OSHA investigation may give families answers about what happened, workers' compensation can actually help them recover.

Source: The Herald, "Work accidents probed," Melissa Klaric, July 18, 2013

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