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Worker falls from bucket truck while trimming trees

On Feb. 17, a worker in Pennsylvania died on the job after he fell from a bucket truck. At the time of the accident, the 48-year-old man from Mt. Pleasant had been using a saw to trim tree branches in North Versailles. The fatal accident took place along Hawthorne Drive near Greensburg Pike close to the Walmart.

The deceased tree trimmer had been an employee of Davey Tree Service before he was killed. For an unknown reason, the man fell from the bucket truck while he was working. After falling 30 feet to the ground, the worker was pronounced dead. Video footage that was taken of the scene after the accident showed that the saw the worker had been using was left dangling from the bucket truck.

Following the fatal accident, North Versailles police roped off the area where the accident took place in order to prepare for an investigation. Although police are investigating the accident, reports indicate that the main investigation will be conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A fatal workplace accident like this one often results in a family losing the person who earned most of the household income. To compensate for this sudden and unexpected financial loss, a family may decide to file a claim for workers' compensation death benefits. In some cases, the family of a deceased worker may be entitled to claim additional compensation for their loss by filing a separate third-party claim. An attorney may be able to help a family in this situation to determine who is liable for their loved one's passing and how to file the appropriate claims.

Source: WTAE, "Tree trimmer dies in fall from bucket truck in North Versailles," Feb. 17, 2015

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