Each and every Pennsylvania workplace has its own inherent risks and hazards. Some types of employment pose a greater risk to the health and safety of workers than others. Virtually every workplace has a system of training and safety precautions in place to minimize these risks, and to protect against the occurrence of a serious work accident. However, accidents do take place, as evidenced in the news that a Lancaster man was recently killed while on the job.
Few details have been released concerning the course of events that led to the accident. The 50-year-old worker was employed at RR Donnelley & Sons, which is a commercial printing business. The worker was injured while working near or with a tow motor, although there is no word as to the type of injuries sustained or the exact nature of the accident. An autopsy has been scheduled.
This is a difficult time for the friends and family left behind. Losing a loved one in a sudden accident can be a shock, and the grieving process can be difficult. In addition to adjusting to the loss of companionship, many families face financial hardship as a result of the death.
When a family depends on the income or child-rearing support of a family member, the loss of that role can lead to financial difficulties. Workers’ compensation benefits can greatly assist in addressing these concerns, and can give families the security of knowing that they can meet their financial obligations as they work through the grieving process that follows a fatal work accident. For Pennsylvania families who experience difficulty in obtaining the workers’ compensation benefits that their loved one is owed, it may be beneficial to seek advice concerning their right to legal recourse.
Source: abc27.com, “Mechanic killed in accident at Pa. printing plant,” April 8, 2013