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Construction worker killed in Pennsylvania roadwork accident

A Pennsylvania construction worker recently died after being struck by a 2,000 pound section of concrete. The 29-year old worker was reportedly a contractor on a job. He was reported trapped by the portion of concrete, was freed by his co-workers and taken to the hospital where he unfortunately died of his injuries. The coroner reported the death to be due to multiple blunt force injuries.

The out-of-state worker had been an employee for a contract company that was expanding a portion of a highway from two lanes to five lanes. The contract company along with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania State Police and other local officials are investigating this matter in order to make a determination as to how the work-related accident occurred.

Though we will have to wait for the outcome of such investigations to discover what occurred, construction accidents of this type are common. Often contractors perform such duties because it's difficult to find full time employees that will perform this type of work.

Highway workers often perform their job duties during times of heavy traffic and under hazardous conditions where equipment and debris are being moved around. Sometimes it is difficult for other workers to see or hear what is going on around them. And often, equipment is being used under less than ideal circumstances, and mistakes can be made or equipment can malfunction.

Personal injury attorneys can help injured workers and families independently determine how such an accident occurred. Such attorneys also are familiar with worker safety rules, and can investigate whether such rules were violated.

We're dealing here with a 29-year old worker. Obviously, his life has been cut short by a tragic accident. If someone was at fault for this accident, holding the responsible party accountable may prevent a repeat of such an incident.

Source: South Whitehall Patch, "Road Construction Worker Dies of Injuries," September 5, 2012

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