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September 2013 Archives

Government rule changes benefit black lung victims

Sufferers of black lung disease in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are about to get some much-needed relief from the government. The Office of Workers' Compensation Program of the U. S. Department of Labor has finished implementing the rules changes required by Senator Robert Byrd's 2010 Black Lung Benefits Act. This legislation reinstates important benefits to coal miners that had been withheld for three decades.

Construction accidents can be dangerous

Pennsylvania construction workers are well aware that their occupation is a risky one. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA has reported that in 2011 there were 738 on-the-job fatalities as a result of construction accidents. Falls, electrocutions, workers caught between or in dangerous places, and objects hitting workers are significant contributors to construction worker deaths.

Pennsylvania worker dies in industrial accident

A man died in an industrial accident in Shippenville on Aug. 23. The workplace injury occurred while the man was working on a piece of machinery. Clarion Hospital Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene of the accident.