Maryland employees and their the companies they work for usually understand the importance of safety in the workplace. Many laws and guidelines are in place to protect not only the workers, but also the employers. Trainings are implemented to educate workers on how to spot and avoid injury. When a work related accident or death occurs, victims and their surviving families are covered under the workers’ compensation benefits program. This program is in place to financially help workers when there is a loss of income resulting from the inability to work due to an on-the-job injury.
Authorities were called to the scene of a workplace accident in another state around 5:25 a.m. An employee had been reported injured and in need of immediate assistance. The 47-year-old was crushed by a piece of heavy machinery, which is part of a processing line where the company makes shipping products.
Upon arrival, emergency workers found that co-workers of the worker had already lifted the machinery off of the deceased man. An autopsy later reported the cause of death as traumatic asphyxiation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is still investigating.
When a worker is injured on the job, the workers’ compensation program provides coverage to help cover medical bills incurred and lost wages which directly result from the workplace injury. Should a victim be fatally injured, the workers’ compensation program provides survivors benefits to spouses and minor children. A Maryland attorney skilled in workers’ compensation can help families navigate the claims and appeals process, if necessary.
Source: lancasteronline.com, “Coroner identifies man killed in industrial accident at Mount Joy packaging firm“, Heather Stauffer, July 17, 2017