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Man dies in auger on construction site

Pennsylvania residents know that a workplace accident can happen to anyone regardless of industry or job function. However, there are some lines of work that are naturally more dangerous than others. People who work in the transportation, manufacturing or construction industries, for example, face more serious risks on a daily basis than do people who might work in office situations.

Sadly, the family of a 39-year-old man from Luzerne County has recently reminded just how dangerous the construction industry can be as they are mourning the loss of their loved one. The man was killed in an accident in Allen Township after being caught inside an auger, a machine used for digging on construction job sites. No details were available about how the man may have come to be trapped in the auger and how long he may have been in the machine before being discovered or attended to.

The man was working at a site of a future FedEx facility. The exact nature of the man's job is not known and also unknown is whether anyone else was injured or otherwise involved in the fatal incident. Reports did not indicate if any safety procedures were violated that may require an investigation by the Occupational Safety Health Administration.

When incidents like the above occur, those involved and those left to grieve deserve help and compensation for their losses. Talking to a lawyer may provide insight on how to seek such compensation.

Source: Lehigh Valley Live, "Coroner called to accident near new FedEx site," Jim Deegan, Dec. 9, 2016

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