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Man hospitalized with work-related injuries

Most people in Pennsylvania are aware that they face certain risks in their workplace. While they may attempt to follow all regulations recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, not all accidents can be completely avoided. Unfortunately, OSHA is likely set to investigate a recent accident in another state that killed one man and left another hospitalized with work\-related injuries.

The incident reportedly happened in early March at Hi-Tech Steel Treating, a steel treating plant. According to reports, a crew was performing maintenance on a furnace. Unfortunately, the furnace is said to have exploded while the maintenance was being performed.

Court issues ruling in case involving work-related injuries

Most people in Pennsylvania who are employed are aware that they face risks in the workplace. While they work hard to avoid work\-related injuries, some take comfort in knowing that if they are injured at work, workers' compensation insurance benefits will help them with the financial consequences of their injuries. However, an employer may sometimes argue that an injured worker is not entitled to such benefits, forcing the worker to take further action.

One woman has recently won her battle to receive workers' compensation insurance benefits. The young woman was 21 years old when she lost the lower part of her leg in an accident involving an airport tug, a piece of equipment used to pull luggage carts. At the time of the accident, she was driving the tug to meet her mother who was bringing her money and food.

Workplace accidents: Investigation underway following fatality

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration strives to establish guidelines that will help protect employees as they complete their job-related tasks. Despite the organization's efforts -- in combination with efforts of both employers and employees -- workplace accidents can still occur in Pennsylvania and in other areas of the country, creating havoc in the lives of workers and their families. Unfortunately, the family of one man in another state likely still has not fully realized the implications of their loved one's death.

The 47-year-old victim was an employee of an energy plant run by Diman Generating Corporation.  According to reports, he was working on a high pressure valve one morning on a day in early March. Unfortunately, the valve reportedly exploded.

Workplace accidents: Man killed after jump from runaway truck

For many people in Pennsylvania, a workplace is the office or building that they report to every day. For others, however, a workplace is less static -- it is wherever a service must be provided. Because of the changing nature of a job site, workers who have this type of job face unique risks that could lead to workplace accidents as they move from site to site. Unfortunately, one man in another state recently lost his life in an work-related accident.

Reports indicate that the 36-year-old victim was an employee of a tree removal company. One of the company's trucks was reportedly parked on a steep hill as employees loaded branches into the back of it. For reasons that remain unclear, the truck's gear is believed to have slipped into drive, causing the vehicle to roll down the hill.

Can you claim workers' compensation if a customer gets you sick?

Many jobs involve close interactions between employees and customers. While these jobs are incredibly rewarding for many people, they also expose you to countless people, each of whom could get you sick. The simple math of the situation dictates that you will likely get sick from a customer, no matter how careful you are. You will run across a person that has poor hygiene habits or doesn't cover their mouth when they cough, eventually you will get sick. Thus, the issue is, if you get sick, is your employer responsible. And, more particularly, are you entitled to workers' compensation?

 

Department of Labor releases new beryllium exposure rules

Beryllium and its derivative compounds are a dangerous substance that is present in a variety of industries from construction to shipping. Beryllium is utilized in alloys, ceramic, metals, and non-ferrous foundries. It is a base element that is present in many necessities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that the new rule will save around 90 lives a year, providing an estimated $560.9 million in benefits annually.

 

How to respond to toxic exposure at work

Many people are exposed to toxins every day at work. Most of these toxins are innocuous, or you are wearing protective gear, so it does not matter. But in some industrial situations, you can become exposed suddenly and suffer the health consequences as a result. It is critical that you know what, if any, toxins are in your workplace and their possible health effects. This post will go over how you go about learning about these toxins and what to do about it.

All employers are required to maintain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) which tell you about the toxins in your workplace and their health effects. The MSDS tells you and emergency personnel how to respond to these toxins. The MSDS will you everything you need to know:

  • First aid;
  • Toxicity;
  • Spill procedures;
  • Storage;
  • Reactivity;
  • Disposal;
  • And health effects.

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