Unfortunately, construction workers often perform dangerous work and are injured way too often on the job. Cranes and other heavy equipment used in large construction projects can be deadly if not operated properly and carefully. This was the case just recently in one Pennsylvania town.
On Saturday, May 30, an accident involving a lift occurred in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the accident was fatal for one 35-year-old man from Monroeville. The man was working on making repairs on the East Busway bridge, when he became trapped between the lift and the roof of the bridge overpass.
Despite CPR attempts by emergency crews to save his life, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the homicide official from Allegheny county, the man killed was believed to be operating the lift himself. It appears to be an unfortunate accident, although the exact cause is not yet known.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, along with the Port Authority safety department and Allegheny County police are investigating the accident. They will need to ensure that all safety procedures were in place and being followed. The equipment with the lift will also need to be examined to ensure the accident wasn’t caused by a mechanical failure. If the equipment is found to be faulty, the owner, manufacturer or rental company may be responsible for the accident.
The deceased man was working for Gulisek Construction Company, located in Mt. Pleasant. Had he survived the accident, the company’s workers’ compensation insurance would be responsible for this man’s medical treatment and other expenses, regardless of the cause of the accident.
Any injury sustained by an employee while they are on the job should be automatically covered under workers’ comp. If you have been injured on the job, and workers’ comp is not satisfactorily fulfilling your workers’ comp claim, an attorney may be necessary to ensure you are properly cared for and compensated for your injury or losses.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Man killed in construction accident,” May 30, 2015