On August 4, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, seventy-three-year-old Ron Mellinger, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, died in an electrocution accident. The workplace accident occurred on Fairview Avenue at around 11:45 a.m.
Mellinger was electrocuted when the piece of metal he was carrying made contact with a high voltage line. The electrical shock caused him to fall three stories to the ground. According to a Lancaster police officer, 7,000 volts of electricity ran through his body.
Mellinger was taken to Lancaster County Hospital for treatment, but he did not survive. The coroner reported that Mellinger died from electrocution and from the injuries resulting from the fall.
It is unfortunate when a workplace accident results in the death of a worker. Accidents commonly occur in the workplace, especially on construction sites. Construction sites are dangerous because of the equipment, the tools used, and—as in this case—the presence of high-voltage electrical lines.
Employees who are covered by workers’ compensation insurance may be entitled to medical benefits and wage-loss benefits if they sustain a work-related injury. If you or your loved one has been injured in a Pennsylvania accident similar to this one, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits.