While injuries on the job may seem relatively common, in some rare and terrible circumstances, the injuries sustained are so severe that they result in the death of the worker. At times, these accidents may have been preventable, if proper care and safety measures had been taken by the employer.
Recently, a 57-year-old Frankford man died after the ladder he was standing on collapsed.
The man worked for Philadelphia’s Office of Fleet Management. The business agent for Local 1927 explained the deceased’s job duties included fixing and maintaining fire ladders.
Last week, he was working while standing on a ladder in a workshop on Hunting Avenue. He was using the ladder to gain access to a “hose attachment that pumps vehicle exhaust out of the building.” While he was standing on the ladder, two bolts holding the ladder together became dislodged. Consequently, the ladder fell over. The worker fell approximately 10 feet and hit his head when he reached the floor.
The worker was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he underwent two brain surgeries in an effort to save his life. Tragically, the efforts were unsuccessful, and he passed away from head injuries.
In such a situation, when a family is grieving the loss of a loved one, deciding to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions or lack thereof may seem like an insurmountable task. Consulting with a skilled workers’ compensation attorney is one step in ensuring the family’s rights are protected when a loved one has lost their life while on the job.
Source: Philly.com, “City fleet worker dies after ladder collapse,” Michael Hinkelman and Catherine Lucey, August 17, 2012.
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