An Ohio man working out-of-state recently died while at work. The man fell from the roof of a wax products plant. The plant is located in northwestern Pennsylvania. While workplace injuries are always unfortunate, this story is especially tragic because of the loss of life.
The 43-year-old man was from Cleveland, Ohio. He was working for a contractor on the project. His job was to help remove beams from the roof of the plant in order to allow for new equipment to be added.
According to the coroner, the man had fall protection equipment and was wearing the equipment but took it off for a bit when he transitioned himself onto another spot on the roof. During this transition, a beam broke and the man fell.
The fall occurred during the middle of the day. Investigators are continuing to look into the situation.
For most workplace accidents, an injured employee can recover compensation for his or her injuries under the state's workers' compensation. Employees injured at work by a non-coworker or outside party may be able to recover damages under a third-party claim. This is common in constructions sites where there may be a number of contractors and different employees working under those contractors on the same project.
In this situation, the family of the deceased worker may be able to recover benefits. They may also be able to file a wrongful death claim against any negligent party that contributed to the man's death. If the man provided income for the family, then the wrongful death claim could also include compensation for lost wages.
Source: TimesOnline.com, "Ohio man dies in fall from Pa. wax plant roof," Aug. 17, 2012