A construction worker was killed in a work-related accident on a Pennsylvania farm. The 28-year-old man was working on the trusses of a barn when the workplace accident took place. The man fell 25 feet onto the construction site and was fatally injured. The incident took place during the early morning hours.
A representative from the family who own the farm stated that none of the family members were present at the time of the accident. She confirmed that the barn was being constructed on the property, but refrained from making further comment out of respect for the victim and the family. Although the fatality has been ruled accidental, the investigation is still ongoing.
OSHA has launched an investigation into the accident. The agency will have six months to investigate the surrounding circumstances and complete their report. OSHA has the authority to levy fines and render other punishments if it finds that the man’s employer could have prevented the incident. The company for which the man works has no prior history of workplace safety violations from OSHA.
It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that the workplace is safe for workers. Failure to do so could cause the employer to receive citations from OSHA, the government agency that regulates workplace safety conditions. Injured workers and their families may also seek compensation for any injuries that are sustained. The laws that govern workplace injuries may be complex, and injured workers and their families may feel overwhelmed at the prospect of going through the process of making a claim. Workers and their families may find having the assistance of a Workers’ Compensation lawyer to be helpful as they seek the compensation they may be entitled to.
Source: Lehigh Valley, “Seiple Farms fall fatal to construction worker“, Kurt Bresswein, May 21, 2013