Was Employee Warned Not To Use Equipment Before Fatal Injury?

A bridge inspector died when he was pinned between an aerial lift and an overpass beam. His employer contested death benefits for his widow, arguing he violated a work rule. How did a court decide this case?

Tripat Mann worked for M.A. Beech Corp. in Pennsylvania as a bridge inspector.

One day in June 2013, he was the only occupant of an aerial lift at a job site when he became pinned between the lift and the beam of an overpass. Mann was slumped over the lift’s control panel, with a steel bridge beam across his shoulder and neck. Mann died of compression and blunt force trauma to the chest.

His widow filed a workers’ comp fatal claim petition, but the company denied it. Beech argued Mann’s violation of a work rule meant he wasn’t in the course and scope of employment when he was fatally injured.

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