Pennsylvania State Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Association are investigating the death of a Pennsylvania man who was an employee of Plum Corp. The victim was killed in an on the job accident on Feb. 4. Plum Corp., which is located in Hempfield Township, manufactures industrial and commercial metal roofing and siding materials.
The factory accident occurred when the 60-year old employee was using a 15-ton overhead crane to move a metal coil that weighed 10,000 pounds. In the process of moving the coil, another smaller coil that weighed approximately 5,000 pounds slipped out of position, hit the victim and pinned him against a stack of metal coils. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of chest injuries. Officials have determined that the victim’s death was accidental.
Factory work may expose workers to serious injury and even death resulting from industrial accidents. Workers’ compensation is designed to provide financial compensation to employees who are injured in on-the-job accidents. In an instance such as this accident where the victim died, workers’ compensation may provide a death benefit. There may also be other avenues available too, including a wrongful death action.
Every day, many Pennsylvania workers travel to manufacturing plants and industrial facilities where work with heavy and complex machinery may expose them to increased chances of job accidents and injury. Victims of industrial accidents may benefit from consulting a personal injury attorney with experience in industrial accidents. An attorney’s legal assistance following a factory accident or workplace injury may be able to maximize an injured employee’s financial compensation.
Source:York Daily Record, “Worker killed in western Pa. industrial accident,” Feb. 4, 2013