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October 2014 Archives

2 painters die following water tower accident

Two Ohio workers were painting a water tower in Reily Township when they fell to their death on Oct. 24. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls and slips accounted for 16 percent of the 4,405 fatal work injuries that occurred in 2013. In Pennsylvania alone, falls, slips, and trips killed 25 workers.

Garbage collector killed on the job

A Pennsylvania garbage collector was killed at the beginning of his shift on Oct. 13. The fatal injury happened in Pittsburgh while the 29-year-old man sat in his parked vehicle in the area where refuse employees park while waiting for his coworkers to pick him up . At about 7 a.m., the man was shot to death by an assailant who has not yet been identified.

Pennsylvania utility worker killed in accident

A workplace fatality occurred in Upper Chichester, Pennsylvania, on the morning of Oct. 9. The victim's identity has not been released at this time, but initial reports indicate that he was pronounced dead at the scene. According to authorities, the worker was about 50 feet in the air working on power lines. At around 7:30 a.m., he fell from the bucket truck for unspecified reasons.

The causes and cost of work-related back injuries

Back pain is a commonly reported injury in the workplace, and the types of injuries that cause back pain are herniated discs, sprains and strains. A strain occurs when there is damage to the tendons, ligaments or muscles in the back because of overuse or overstretching. Many Pennsylvania may know that this type of injury is the most vulnerable to reinjury.