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OSHA Investigation launched after fatal fall from roof

An employee lost his life in a recent workplace accident in New Jersey. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the incident. Compliance officers will study the circumstances that led to the fatality and determine the company's level of compliance with safety regulations.

The incident report that was prepared by the police in Franklin Township indicates that a 911 call reported a workplace accident just after 7 a.m. Emergency workers rushed to the scene and found that a 39-year-old worker had fallen from the roof of a building. Police found the man unresponsive and unconscious on the ground where he landed after the fall of about 30 feet.

They attempted to revive the critically injured worker while they waited for emergency workers to arrive. When paramedics arrived, they rushed him to a hospital, but he did not survive. The worker was pronounced dead upon his arrival at the hospital. There is no indication of the cause for the fatal fall, nor was there any mention of the presence of personal protective equipment.

Regardless of the findings of the OSHA investigation, the surviving family members are entitled to pursue financial assistance through the New Jersey workers' compensation insurance system. They will receive funds to help them cope with the expenses of a funeral and burial. Death benefits typically also include a financial package to make up for lost wages. These survivors' benefits will come in the form regular payments to help the dependents with financial obligations such as rental or mortgage payments and day-to-day living expenses.

Source: tapinto.net, "Franklin Township: Fatal Industrial Accident at Claremont Road", Oct. 17, 2017

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