Krasno Krasno & OnwudinjoWhen You Need A Workers' Compensation Or Social Security Attorney
Serving Philadelphia Since 1936
No Fee Unless We Win
215-310-0001
En Español

Pennsylvania worker dies when rock salt falls on him

In preparation for coming storms, a man operating a front-end loader was lifting rock salt when the 100-foot pile fell over onto his machine, killing the worker. According to police, the man was trapped under the heavy rock salt, which completely buried the front-end loader. The tragic workplace accident occurred in Morrisville, a Philadelphia suburb, at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 2 at an industrial yard run by International Salt.

The rock salt was going to be used to cover roads, reducing hazardous ice and snow buildup during an expected winter storm. Police reports say rescue workers arrived at the scene and tried to dig the worker out with shovels. He was found dead still in his seat.

Pennsylvania employers are expected to make equipment upkeep and safety policies top priorities in the workplace. As a result, a serious industrial accident often leads to an OSHA investigation, prompting government officials to check machinery and procedures to determine if negligence or preventable events were involved.

Details about the victim's age and identity weren't reported, but if the man has surviving dependents, the family may be eligible for death benefits under workers' compensation laws. Fatal workplace accidents can be devastating for the victim's loved ones, who may suddenly lose substantial income, in addition to coping with a death in the family. In Pennsylvania, both full-time and part-time workers can receive workers' compensation coverage, and family members of the deceased may have the option to file a petition if an employer attempts to place fault on the worker.

Source: NBC, "100-Foot Rock Salt Pile Crushes, Kills Worker", Sarah Glover, Vince Lattanzio, Dan Stamm, January 02, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

YOU HAVE 120 DAYS TO REPORT A WORK INJURY - DO NOT DELAY! Fill out the form and an attorney will be in touch with you shortly.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Attorneys Recognized For Excellence

Our Philadelphia firm and attorneys have received numerous accolades in the area of workers' compensation law. Several of our attorneys have been recognized by their peers and listed in Super Lawyers since 2006. The Super Lawyers process recognizes the top lawyers in their fields in Pennsylvania.

Since 2010, our law firm has been rated as a tier-one law firm for workers' compensation law claimants in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report — Best Law Firms Edition.

Since 2009, Jason Krasno has been selected to the Best Lawyers® "America's Best" series. The Best Lawyers® award is given only to a handful of attorneys throughout the United States each year. Jason was also selected as a top workers' compensation attorney. You can see the articles on Jason in Newsweek's Aug. 23, 2010, edition.

Krasno Krasno & OnwudinjoWhen You Need A Workers' Compensation Or Social Security Attorney
Serving Philadelphia Since 1936

1429 Walnut Street, 16th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Toll Free: 877-794-2396
Phone: 215-310-0001
Philadelphia Law Office Map

VIEW OUR 12 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS