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Officials investigate fatal industrial accident

People in Pennsylvania who work at great heights are often aware of the potential risks of a fall. Because of their awareness, they can take certain measures to protect themselves, including the use of safety harnesses. However, many falls come unexpectedly, when workers may be unaware of the risk they face. Unfortunately, a man in another state recently lost his life in an industrial accident involving a fall.

The incident happened on day in late May. According to reports, the 27-year-old victim and another worker went onto their employer's roof. The two were reportedly attempting to open a fire door that is said to be spring-loaded.

Workplace accidents: Building collapse sends 2 to hospital

Workplaces in Pennsylvania and across the country often have many hidden dangers. Unfortunately, workplace accidents can result in serious harm to workers, often leaving them floundering with medical expenses in a time when they are unable to work while they recover. Two families may be experiencing such a situation after a partial building collapse sent workers to the hospital.

The accident happened one afternoon on a day in early June. According to fire officials, part of a building collapsed as a result of what has been described as an industrial accident. Officials claim they worked two hours to extricate a worker from the debris.

Explosions: Officials investigate hazardous materials incident

A workplace accident can happen at any moment in Pennsylvania or elsewhere, often due to unforeseen dangers. Unfortunately, employees who work with hazardous materials are often at risk of being injured by explosions. Officials in another state are currently investigating a recent incident that injured one person and killed two others.

The incident happened one morning on a day in late May. According to reports, workers at Midland Resources were using bleach to prepare a tank for cleaning. Unfortunately, an explosion occurred that killed two people. The injured worker was transported to the hospital by helicopter; that worker is in critical condition.

Officer suffers work-related injuries in dog attack

Police officers in Pennsylvania and across the country place themselves in danger daily in order to protect others. Often, risk comes from unexpected places, and what appears to be a relatively harmless task -- such as a wellness check -- can quickly become dangerous. Unfortunately, a police officer in another state was recently hospitalized after he suffered work\-related injuries during a dog attack.

The incident reportedly occurred one afternoon on a day in late May. According to the reports, a concerned mother contacted police, asking them to check on her son. She claimed that although she dropped her son off at school, she noticed -- through the use of security cameras -- that he returned home.

Man suffers fatal work-related injuries in helicopter crash

While no one in Pennsylvania wants or expects to be involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, many take comfort in the knowledge that there are trained professionals ready and willing to respond to help them receive the most appropriate medical care should they need it. However, many people may not realize the hazards that emergency responders may face. In fact, officials are currently investigating an accident that resulted in fatal work-related injuries for a helicopter pilot.

The incident happened at approximately noon on a day in May. According to some reports, a pilot was taking a helicopter apparently traditionally used to transport patients in emergency situations on a training flight. Unfortunately, the helicopter crashed, causing it to immediately burst into flames.

Woman suffers severe work-related injuries in machinery incident

Most workplaces in Pennsylvania and across the country have a variety of different measures in place to help ensure employee safety throughout the work day. Unfortunately, not all accidents can be prevented. For example, a woman in another state is recovering after she suffered work-related injuries that some reports describe as "traumatic."

According to other employees of Schick Manufacturing, the woman's arm became trapped in a piece of machinery just after 9 a.m. one morning on a day in May. A call was made to 911 as a result of the incident. While first responders claim that the woman's co-workers made attempts to free the woman -- including cutting the power to the machine -- it took them approximately 17 minutes to extricate her.

Take Steps Walk to Benefit Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

the-new-take-steps-logo.jpgAt Dugan & Associates, we're not just concerned with your personal injury or workers' compensation case. We have a passion for helping all members of our community impacted by health problems, including chronic disease. On June 10th, we will be helping support the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation through the Take Steps Walk at Hartwood Acres. The Walk raises funds to research these two diseases, which affect 1 in 200 Americans. Giving to this cause means you are supporting patients and their families as they deal with chronic illness.

Man suffers work-related injuries during fall

When most people in Pennsylvania think of dangerous occupations, they often think of police officers and firefighters who are often required to rush toward danger. Many may overlook the potential dangers that construction workers face as they complete their job-related tasks. Unfortunately, a construction worker in another state is currently recovering from work\-related injuries he suffered from a fall.

The incident happened at approximately 12 p.m. According to reports, the man was on the upper deck of a bridge when he fell 25 feet onto a lower deck. Rescue workers needed to cut a fence in order to help the man.

Is an employer claiming you're not an employee but a contractor?

Getting hurt on the job can change your life. Unfortunately, in some cases, your employer may make everything more difficult. After you get injured, you may discover that your employer considers you an independent contractor, not an employee. That could mean that you don't qualify for any kind of workers' compensation insurance coverage.

If you're hurt and unable to work, you may not be able to pay for private health insurance, which could leave you in a terrible situation.

Fatal incident illustrates dangers of falls from ladders

Ladders are tools utilized by a variety of different workplaces in Pennsylvania and across the country every single day. Despite their usefulness, however, they come with risks of injuries suffered due to falls. Unfortunately, the dangers of falls from ladders were recently illustrated in an out-of-state incident that resulted in a fatality.

Emergency responders were called to the scene just before 7 p.m. on a day in May. Reports indicate that a 37-year-old man was as high as 80 feet in the air when he fell to the ground. Shortly after arriving on the scene, emergency responders determined that the man had passed away.

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