Recently, we wrote a blog post about the publication of a study which underlined the severity and costs associated with industrial accidents nationwide. Now, with a local man killed in an industrial accident in Harrisburg PA, we have an unfortunate reminder close to home about just how dangerous and costly these accidents can be.
James Brownawell, a 40-year-old warehouse worker from Harrisburg, was at Dayton Parts in the 1300 block of North Cameron Street around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday night when the industrial accident occurred, according to Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick.
Brownawell was using a forklift to remove bundles of steel from 24-foot shelving in the warehouse; each bundle measures up to 20 feet long and weighs several tons. In the process of removing a bundle, Brownawell inadvertently dislodged another bundle, causing the second one to jut into the narrow aisle between the shelving.
Apparently unaware of the dislodged bundle, Brownawell turned his forklift in order to drive down the aisle. However, in the process, he was impaled in the chest three sections of flat steel bars from the second bundle. Brownawell was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.
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Accidents happen. After a Harrisburg PA industrial accident, there may be an opportunity for you to receive financial benefits through the workers' compensation system. Because the PA workers' compensation laws are no-fault, these benefits may be available to you even if you contributed to causing your injury.
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