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Pennsylvania worker killed in drilling accident

A 24-year old worker has been crushed to death at a natural gas site in Pennsylvania approximately 80 miles from Pittsburgh. A group of workers were connecting large pieces of pipes together when one of the pipes fell and crushed the worker against a beam. The worker apparently died instantly due to this work related accident.

The employee that was killed was employed by a subcontractor drilling company that was performing work for the natural gas company. The natural gas company is now investigating how the accident occurred and looking into how such accidents can be prevented in the future.

Though workplace accidents will occur, employers should be doing everything they can to promote workplace safety and especially eliminate fatal accidents from ever occurring. When employers fail to make worker safety a priority, the companies that they represent need to be held accountable to injured parties and families to at least somewhat compensate them for their loss.

The laws concerning worker injuries can be complicated, but an attorney experienced in the area of workers' compensation - and particularly experienced in representing clients suffering from catastrophic occupational injuries or illnesses - can assist workers and families in receiving the compensation that they deserve. Such representation can also force the company to make needed changes to insure worker safety in the future.

With what little information we have we don't know exactly how the above mentioned worker was killed. Yet the family of such an individual will require answers and are deserving of individual representation to ensure that their needs are met.

Source: Beaver County Times, "Harrisburg man killed in NW Pa. drilling accident," April 6, 2012

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