1 Dead, 1 Injured in Construction Site Accident
Two men were buried in a construction site accident in Newberry Township, Pennsylvania. Rescue crews have dug the bodies out of the 15-foot-deep trench where they were trapped for over 12 hours. One man, 20-year-old Jory Raber III, was killed in the accident. The other man, Josh Gemmill, was air-lifted to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for treatment. He is currently in fair condition.
The construction site accident occurred at 4:15 pm on Tuesday. The company’s owner, who is also the deceased man’s father, was placing a drainage pipe at the top of the trench with track hoe. The trench collapsed, burying the two men in the hole. Gemmill was not buried completely during the collapse. This is most likely the reason he is still alive.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA), dozens of people die and hundreds more are injured every year in work-related accidents caused by trench collapses. The OHSA is currently investigating this accident to determine the actual cause.
If you have been injured in a work-related accident, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages resulting from the accident. Workers’ compensation claims are highly complex and require the assistance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
If you have lost a loved one in a work-related accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages in a wrongful death claim. These cases are time sensitive, and it is important to have an attorney investigate the accident site as soon as possible before evidence is moved or misplaced.