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February 2015 Archives

Worker falls from bucket truck while trimming trees

On Feb. 17, a worker in Pennsylvania died on the job after he fell from a bucket truck. At the time of the accident, the 48-year-old man from Mt. Pleasant had been using a saw to trim tree branches in North Versailles. The fatal accident took place along Hawthorne Drive near Greensburg Pike close to the Walmart.

Workplace injuries caused by vibrations

Many workers in Pennsylvania are injured every year while on the job. While some injuries are obvious, others, such as those resulting from years of exposure to vibration, may not be. Long-term exposure to vibration, from handheld tools to repetitive motions, can result in significant and debilitating injuries.

Eyewear that doesn't fit can lead to workplace injuries

The makeup of today's workforce is rapidly changing, both in terms of gender and ethnicity. The increased diversity of today's workers has led to a serious safety issue. In that past, the workforce was relatively homogeneous. That meant that most workers had the same facial structure and Pennsylvania employers could order standard eye wear that would fit almost everyone. Now, though, workers with different genders and ethnic backgrounds have different facial structures. That means that protective eye wear doesn't fit as tightly as it should in many cases.

Trench collapse and Pennsylvania workers' compensation

According to a report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 350 workers were killed by collapsing trenches nationwide between 2000 and 2009. This amounted to a rate of 35 fatalities a year. NIOSH says that 64 percent of all trench deaths that happened between 1997 and 2001 occurred less than 10 feet below ground level. The leading cause of such deaths is a lack of proper trench safety equipment for the soil type, depth and width of the excavation.