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OSHA investigating warehouse accident that killed 1

Following the death of a worker in a Pennsylvania warehouse on August 4, officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have initiated an investigation into the workplace accident. According to the news source, the incident took place around 7:20 a.m. at Allen Distribution in South Middleton Township.

The victim was a 56-year-old man from Garland, Texas. Pennsylvania State Police's accident report said he was at the rear of his semitrailer in the facility's loading dock when another semi-truck that was behind his own drifted forward. That tractor-trailer pinned him between the two trucks, which killed him. The driver of the other truck, a 23-year-old man, engaged the truck's air parking brake before it hit the victim, but the air brake supply was not applied completely.

A representative for OSHA said further details about what happened could not be offered until the investigation wrapped. A Pennsylvania State Police Trooper also refused from providing any information about the accident except to say that the Nebraska man's vehicle was inspected following the incident. No charges had been filed as of August 11.

Workplace injuries can result in serious injuries including bone fractures, lacerations and head trauma. In instances where a workplace accident leads to someone's death, the deceased worker's family may exercise their right to file for benefits from a workers' compensation claim. Benefits could include payments to cover the deceased worker's medical and funeral costs, as well as some of the income the family will lose because of the death of their loved one. Families of victims of fatal on-the-job accidents may consider retaining the services of an attorney experienced with workers' compensation claims to help them through the filing process.

Source: Land Line, "OSHA investigating death of trucker at Pennsylvania warehouse", Greg Grisolano, August 11, 2014

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