Pennsylvania farmers and their employees are at risk of suffering serious injuries during their normal activities on a daily basis. Farming is known to be an occupation in which people are exposed to potential life-threatening hazards. Although farmers typically know the dangers posed by particular tasks, they may not spare the time to take precautions that can avoid a work injury.
A 58-year-old Franklin County farmer recently died in an accident on a farm where he lived. An incident report by the Pennsylvania State Police indicates that a call about the accident was logged at about 2 p.m. on a recent Saturday afternoon. They responded to the scene to find the farmer had succumbed to his injuries.
Reportedly, a piece of equipment that was very heavy fell on the man while he was working with it. He suffered fatal injuries, and he was declared dead at the scene of the accident. Authorities said no crime is suspected, and the death was ruled accidental. It was not mentioned whether the deceased man was the owner of the farm or an employee.
Just like workers in any other industry, farm workers in Pennsylvania are entitled to pursue compensation after being injured while working. If a work injury was suffered while a worker was on the job, compensation for medical expenses and wage losses may be sought. In the event of fatalities, covered dependents may pursue death benefits to cover end-of-life expenses and a portion of lost income. Many people facing these circumstances retain an attorney experienced in handling workers' compensation claims in Pennsylvania.
Source: pennlive.com, "Deadly accident claims Franklin County farmer", Colin Deppen, July 9, 2016