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Repairman crushed to death by construction equipment

A repairman attempting to make repairs to a backhoe was suddenly killed when the construction vehicle rolled and subsequently crushed him beneath it. A similar type of accident happened in the same area on September 4th when a worker was crushed to death by a concrete barrier.

Like other work-related accidents, this incident is currently being investigated by police, the county coroner, and probably members of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The identification of the worker that was killed has not yet been identified.

individuals weeks or even months to discover what happened.

There could be a number of reasons as to why this accident occurred. The equipment may have been defective or improperly maintained, the equipment may have been accidentally knocked into gear, or the weight of the machinery may have caused the equipment to shift places. There also could have been a combination of factors that caused the worker's death.

It's because employers control the workplace conditions that workers' compensation laws were created. These laws are complex and often require an attorney to make sense of the regulations. But the regulations are also in place to prevent employers from denying liability. Employers are generally partially held responsible for workers' deaths when an accident occurred at the workplace.

In primarily blue collar cities across Pennsylvania, these types of accidents happen too often. Employers often assign their workers physically grueling and high risk tasks, but these same employers often do not take the time to train the workers in properly.

Source: Salisbury Patch, "Repairman Crushed to Death by Backhoe," Oct. 12, 2012

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