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Air conditioner kills woman in fatal workplace accident

In Pennsylvania, there are some jobs that are more dangerous than others. However, any job, whether it is physical and risky or not, can lead to an accident and a fatality. For those who suffer the loss of a loved one in a fatal workplace accident, one of the key factors to receiving adequate compensation is determining whether or not negligence on the part of the employer was the cause and if it could have been prevented. A full investigation is often necessary, with the interests of those left behind brought to the forefront.

Recently, a temporary worker in Pennsylvania who was helping coworkers to load an air conditioning unit was killed when it fell on her. The accident occurred at around 9:30 p.m. The air conditioner was a commercial model and it weighed 3,200 pounds. It crashed on the 37-year-old female worker when it fell from a pallet. When the accident happened, coworkers removed it from the woman and performed CPR. She was rushed to the hospital where she was declared dead shortly after 10:00 p.m. An investigation by law enforcement and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is moving forward.

When a worker dies during employment, there are numerous issues that have to be taken into consideration by the family. These include personal, practical and financial matters. For example, the death can deprive a family of a loved one who was an integral member of the household. There could be issues with the lost loved one's contributions to the home. Money could be a factor as the fatal accident could cause turmoil in making ends meet. Insurers might try to make a settlement offer to preclude a costly legal filing, but the offers that are made are often nowhere close to what is fair for such a loss. This is why having legal help is an option that should be considered.

In this incident, a woman was helping to move a commercial air conditioner when it fell on her. She died as a result. Given the circumstances of this accident, her family needs to be fully aware of how and why it happened as well as understand their rights to seek compensation. Contacting an experienced legal professional can help in pursuing a wrongful death case.

Source:, "York County woman killed in workplace accident," Taniel Orr, July 28, 2016

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