Last Wednesday, a tragic workplace accident resulted in the death of a worker in Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County, PA.
Three men from Corrosion Control Corporation of Pedtricktown, New Jersey, were performing maintenance work inside an empty water tower. A 31-year-old worker plummeted to his death after he fell into a water tower over 80 feet high. A second worker, who was wearing a safety harness, was left to dangle in the water tower. He was trapped in the water tower for over 3 hours before being rescued. The third worker was unharmed and made the 911 phone call for help.
The third worker who made the emergency call stated that the industrial equipment had malfunctioned. No further details about the malfunction have been released.
Details of the second worker's injuries have also not been released.
The accident is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
It is unclear whether the deceased worker was wearing a safety harness that malfunctioned or he was just not wearing a safety harness.
If the safety harness malfunctioned, then the family of the deceased worker may be entitled to compensation. Furthermore, there may be multiple parties responsible for the worker's death. Careful investigation would need to be conducted by experienced construction accident lawyers in Pennsylvania to make these determinations.
Claims such as a wrongful death claim or a products liability claim may be made in this situation. Other claims may be available, but again, a proper investigation needs to be conducted.
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