Pennsylvania residents were horrified when they learned of a tragic accident at Manitowoc Crane company several months ago. Though initial reports did not contain much detail, the company confirmed that a crane fell and three worker deaths resulted. The incident prompted a thorough investigation by OSHA. It now seems as if there is a case for wrongful death, as it is noted the deaths could’ve been prevented.
The OSHA investigation concluded that the Pennsylvania workers were killed as a result of negligence by the crane company. OSHA officials state that the company placed employees too close to the area where the cranes are tested. The crane that collapsed and killed the men weighed over 300 tons.
OSHA cited Manitowoc for the safety violations. In addition to killing three workers, others also suffered injury in the collapse. The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration has levied a fine against the company for failing to maintain proper safety standards for its workers.
When someone is killed as a result of someone else’s negligence, the victim’s family may find themselves overwhelmed by grief, anger and shock. The loss of a loved one can be a difficult time, and when it comes to light that the death was preventable, families may feel as if they are owed compensation and justice. If a family thinks their deceased loved one may have been the victim of wrongful death, they may want to contact an experienced attorney. An attorney may be able to help speak on behalf of the deceased and help families hold the responsible party accountable in a court of law.