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Workplace Accidents 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.

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.

Worker presumed dead after silo collapse

Authorities are presuming that a Pennsylvania worker is dead following a silo collapse on Jan. 8. The workplace accident took place in Bristol Township in Bucks County while the victim was working at a silo that held concrete production materials. Around 4:30 a.m., the Silvi Properties building in the Riverside Industrial Complex collapsed, and the worker was trapped beneath cement and steel beams.

Amusement park faces fine OSHA citations

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration recently announced that it cited a Pennsylvania amusement park for failure to properly protect its employees from bodily harm related to heat exposure. The citation includes a financial penalty and represents the conclusion of an investigation by the federal agency that dates back more than six months, when OSHA purportedly fielded a complaint in association with a well-reported incident at the park involving a teenage worker who collapsed on account of the heat, suffering burns and other injuries.

The high risk of farm injuries

As Pennsylvania farmers may know, the occupational agriculture may involve some risk of injury, and in some cases, the injuries may be fatal. Furthermore, because many families live on their farms, teenagers are frequently employed in the agriculture industry, and the risks for underage workers are great as well.

Man allegedly strikes, kills road superintendent worker

Police reported that a 60-year-old road construction superintendent was hit by an SUV and died on Dec. 3. According to reports, the accident occurred on Route 422 just after 11 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the highway in North Coventry Township near the highway's intersection with Route 100.

Railroad-track company cited for worker death in Ohio

A subsidiary of Reading company Vossloh North America received seven citations for an accident that occurred in the company's Cleveland manufacturing plant. The Cleveland subsidiary manufactures railroad tracks. The incident, which occurred on Aug. 21, killed a 45-year-old worker who was trying to adjust a set screw on a rolling mill while working in the manufacturing plant.

Pennsylvania workplace fatalities

Every year, Pennsylvanians lose their lives as a result of work-related accidents. When such an accident occurs, the families of those who are killed due to a work accident may wonder if they can seek compensation for the loss of their loved one. Pennsylvania's workers' compensation law provides that the families of employees who are killed in a work-related accident may be able to recover compensation.

Worker's compensation in Pennsylvania

Employees in Pennsylvania may benefit from learning more about worker's compensation and the remedies available for injuries suffered at the job. While many injured employees are able to receive worker's compensation, many face challenges when returning to work. Injured employees may return to work voluntarily, or an insurer or employer may determine that the worker is fit to return to their occupation. When an employer believes a worker is fit to return to work, the employee may be subject to an independent medical exam.