Often, tree trimmers know they are taking a risk to cut near any type of power lines and will be particularly careful when dealing with them. However, accidents do happen, and it appears that one such accident cost a worker his life.
A 42-year-old tree trimmer near Philadelphia was working when he struck a high voltage line beneath a Bridge over the Lehigh River and canal. He was on the Lehigh Canal towpath and was contracted to clear branches from power lines before a music festival. Apparently, the line, after it was struck, caused his truck to catch fire. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now investigating the incident, along with local authorities, and it is believed that details regarding the exact cause will be available soon.
When a loved one is lost during a work accident, it is an absolute tragedy. Normally, the company he was working for will pay compensation for his loss. Nonetheless, sometimes that is not the case, and Workplace Injury Lawyers in Philadelphia may need to be contacted to bring a lawsuit against the company or any other responsible party.
If the accident resulted in the worker’s death, a fatal workplace accident lawyer may need to be contacted as well, to ensure that the proper parties are sued for the proper causes. It is important to make sure anything that can be included in such a lawsuit is because after a party is sued, if it settles, it is likely those parties cannot be sued again. For that reason, it is best to seek help as soon as possible.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a difficult process. Yet, with the proper assistance, it can be dealt with in a straightforward manner.
Source: The Express-Times, “OSHA investigating fatal tree-trimming accident on Bethlehem’s towpath,” Sarah M. Wojcik, July 29, 2013.