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Pennsylvania worker dies in industrial accident

A man died in an industrial accident in Shippenville on Aug. 23. The workplace injury occurred while the man was working on a piece of machinery. Clarion Hospital Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene of the accident.

The site of the fatal workplace accident was on River Hill. The accident happened at about 10 a.m. State Police based in Clarion said that they are currently investigating the fatal industrial accident, and they listed the manner of the incident as "accidental." The man who died was 56 years old and a resident of Emlenton. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 11:25 a.m.

Federal law provides that employees have the right to work in a safe environment. However, employees may sustain injuries due to industrial accidents, manufacturing accidents or factory explosions. While some injured workers only sustain minor injuries, other workers may sustain serious on-the-job injuries. Past incidences of employee injuries include amputations, fractures, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries and repetitive motion injuries. In severe cases, a worker may become permanently disabled or may die as a result of the work accident.

If a worker sustains a serious injury, he or she may have a valid workers' compensation claim against the employer. The workers' compensation system provides an alternative to the traditional tort remedy, so proving that the employer is a negligent employer is not usually necessary to receive benefits under the system. A Pennsylvania workplace injury lawyer may be able to assist an injured worker file a workers' compensation claim. In the event that the "employee" was not a direct employee of the company, such as an independent contractor, the workplace injury lawyer may be able to help the injured worker file a negligence claim against the employer.

Source: Explore Venang, "Emlenton Man Killed in Shippenville Industrial Accident", August 23, 2013