Knowing the dangers of a job do not, unfortunately, prevent them, as the family of a 44-year-old construction worker recently found out. The construction company he was working for, Whistler Construction, was contracted to perform maintenance work at the Edgar Thompson Plant. This is a steel plant located in Braddock, which is in the Pittsburgh area. While the 44-year-old man was performing that maintenance, he fell 30 to 40 feet to his death.
Details of the accident are not yet clear, and there has been no news of what caused the construction worker to fall. What we do know is that he was well aware of the dangers involved in his job. According to his daughter, her father “would tell us it was dangerous” and that “you have to be careful and pay attention to what you’re doing.”
Factory work accidents are not uncommon. Most factories include dangerous machinery, electrical conduits and a variety of other elements conducive to serious injuries. In this case, we do not know what type of maintenance the man was performing. Without knowing the cause of the man’s fall, there is also no way to determine who was at fault; however, in cases like this, there is likely to be a thorough investigation done by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to look into the safety of the environment he was working in.
When industrial accidents occur, there can be a number of reasons. A freak accident is just as likely to occur as an accident caused by existing safety hazards. Whatever the cause, when a person is injured on the job, he or she should be covered by workers’ compensation insurance that is carried by his or her employer.
Workers’ compensation, like any type of insurance, will want to know the specifics and may be difficult to contend with. Families of deceased victims may also be eligible for compensation for their losses.
Source: WPXI.com, “Family members of contractor killed at Braddock steel plant still waiting for answers,” Sep. 21, 2015