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Pennsylvania Construction Accident grants Family $5 Million

A Pennsylvania Construction Accident Case grants the victim’s Family $5 Million in Wrongful Death suit. Some jobs are more dangerous than others, but even jobs that pose risks—such as construction—should not cost workers their lives. Many construction sites are properly maintained and run by careful professionals. However, some construction company owners are neglectful and workers can be severely injured or killed. In this case, a construction worker was killed because of the negligence of a company that his company was contracted to.

In June of 2009, the deceased, a 42-year-old male, was working on a construction project in Spring Township, Pennsylvania. During the course of his work, the worker was in a ditch that was being excavated on a big housing project. During the excavation, approximately three tons of dirt filled the ditch, making it collapse. The deceased plaintiff was buried in the dirt and was killed.

The estate of the deceased filed suit against the company responsible for the excavation. The plaintiffs personal injury lawyer claimed that the company did not follow all appropriate Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.  The plaintiffs claimed that the company received a number of OSHA violations on the work site. The citation stated that the walls of the excavation ditch were not dug at the appropriate angle, which caused the ditch to collapse. The citation also said that the company allowed water to collect in the ditch, which made it less stable. The plaintiffs further claimed that the defendant did not inspect the trench enough to keep it safe.

The defendant argued that the deceased and his employer were negligent in the accident. The decease’s employer had also been cited with several OSHA citations for unsafe working conditions. The defendant also testified that the deceased was negligent because he should have inspected the trench before entering and realized that it was an unsafe working area.

Although both sides contended that the other was negligent, they decided to settle prior to a trial. The settlement was in favor of the plaintiff. The estate of the deceased received $5,000,000 in the settlement.

This case was especially upsetting because the deceased left behind a wife and four children at the time of his death. Poor working conditions and negligence led to this Pennsylvania Construction Accident and it never should have happened. Although the decease’s family will benefit from the settlement, it will not bring back their loved one. Settlements like this one are important because they remind workers and companies that following safety procedures can and does save lives.

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