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Worker killed by impact of 5,000 pounds of steel

For many workers, the most weight that they manage every day is that of their purses or briefcases. For those who work in the construction or industrial fields, they handle big machinery and extremely heavy materials. That reality of their roles makes industrial workers' jobs relatively dangerous.

With the threat of injury so obvious within the industry, safety regulations are in place that are meant to reasonably protect workers from getting hurt in an industrial accident. Unfortunately, a Pennsylvania worker still managed to be killed in an incident in Westmoreland County earlier this week.

On Monday morning, the 60-year-old industrial worker was carrying out a standard function of his job. He was operating a crane in order to move heavy steel coils within the Pennsylvania manufacturing plant when something went wrong. A coil that weighs 5,000 pounds shifted and hit the worker. He was crushed between the fallen coil and others at the site.

Technically, the worker died of chest injuries, according to a coroner. It is up to police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine, however, whether his fatal injuries were the result of something more behavioral.

Did the industrial accident happen because safety regulations within the plant were not in place? Was there something wrong with the machinery that should have been addressed before the incident? Were the workers properly trained within the facility in order to avoid getting hurt on the job?

These are just some of the questions that might be addressed during the investigation into the fatal event. Our Pennsylvania industrial accident lawyers understand the various types of negligence that can lead to a work injury or fatality and can help victims get through a difficult time.

Source: ABC 27 WHTM, "Worker killed in western Pa. industrial accident," Feb. 4, 2013

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