A 52-year-old port worker was killed in South Philly earlier this month after a shipping container fell on his truck. According to law enforcement, the fatal workplace accident occurred at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. Officials with Philadelphia Regional Port Authority said that a piece of equipment knocked the shipping container loose onto the vehicle.
Coworkers of the deceased employee claim he was a checker, someone responsible for counting containers and monitoring operations. Local law enforcement and officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the incident.
This is not the first fatal workplace accident at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, located along the Delaware River. In 2011, two workers lost their lives in separate incidents that occurred within eight days of each other. One worker died after being run over by a tractor and another fell to his death.
Can I File a Lawsuit for a Fatal Workplace Accident?
There are no words that can express the pain and suffering felt by family members who lose loved ones to fatal workplace accidents. These are tragedies that have profound emotional and financial consequences for the families of deceased workers.
In some cases, workers may be catastrophically injured or killed due to the negligent actions of parties who are not employed by the same company. Depending on the circumstances of these accidents, family members may be able to file third party lawsuits for damages. This may provide family members and catastrophically injured workers the opportunity to recover resources that far exceed what would be allowed under the workers’ compensation system.