When Pennsylvania women see their husbands leave home to go to potentially dangerous jobs in other states, they likely experience constant anxiety over the safety and well-being of their loved ones. They are also most probably aware of every media report about work injury or even deaths as the result of such injuries. Although employers are required to provide safe working environments and comply with the strict safety rules prescribed by OSHA, workers are regularly injured or killed as the result of the noncompliance of employers.
One Pennsylvania woman received the sad news about her husband’s passing after serious workplace injuries about a year ago. She has now filed a lawsuit against his employers and various other parties connected to the business, claiming her husband’s death to have been caused by the negligence of the defendants. According to the suit, the company’s negligence allegedly caused an explosion that resulted in serious burn injuries, along with inhalation injuries to her husband. He survived the explosion but sadly succumbed to his injuries four days later.
The woman alleges that the facilities were not properly designed and engineered as they lacked safe storage facilities for the natural gas. Furthermore, it was alleged that workers were not adequately trained, and the cleaning process of the pipes was ineffective. She maintains that these failures caused the explosion that resulted in the loss of her loved one.
As restitution, the woman is seeking costs, interest and additional damages as deemed appropriate by the court. Families who believe they have a valid claim after losing a loved one as the result of a work injury retain the right to claim benefits from the workers' compensation insurance fund. The claiming process may be complex, but victims do not have to face it alone. Help is available every step of the way while pursuing monetary benefits to cover medical and end-of-life expenses, along with lost wages and survivor benefits.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Pa. widow accuses husband`s employers of wrongful death", Ben Hart, May 16, 2014