Posted On: March 12, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

On-the-Job Death of Man Caught in Wood Chipper

An employee of an Edison recycling company was killed on-the-job after being caught in a wood chipper. According to the Associated Press that appeared on Philly.com, the fatality occurred on Tuesday, February 24 at Generated Materials.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident and the police are withholding the man’s identity pending notification of his family.

According to the article, the man became entangled in a conveyor belt attached to the wood chipper in this on-the-job accident.

The family of the victim is entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits through the workers’ employer. The family may also want to file a “third-party” claim. A claim may be filed against negligent parties other than the worker’s employer. It could, for example, be the manufacturer of a defective product that caused an injury or death or it could be another contractor or sub contractor.

Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim. The injury can occur while traveling on business, doing a work-related errand, attending a required business-related social function, or even while on a break or using restroom facilities and you are still legally covered by workers compensation.

By law, it is required that every company in Pennsylvania carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance in the case an employee is injured on the job, becomes ill due to circumstances surrounding their job or even if death results from their job. Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential workers’ compensation claim.

The dedicated and experienced Pennsylvania work injury lawyers of Cherry, Fieger & Marciano will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you to help pay for medical bills, physical therapy, loss of work, and more.