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Construction accident results in a fatality

When most people in Pennsylvania think of dangerous occupations, the first ones that likely come to mind are those that require workers to rush directly toward dangers such as police officers, soldiers and firefighters. However, many people underestimate the potential harm that those who work in the field of construction face as they work with heavy equipment and at great heights. Unfortunately, a recent construction accident in another state resulted in the death of a worker.

The incident happened on a day in early September. Reports indicate that workers were installing gas lines for PUMPCO, Inc. Unfortunately, the 38-year-old victim was reportedly struck by a grader used to flatten surfaces.

What's Causing the Pain in My Back and Neck?

Webp.net-resizeimage (3).jpgIf you or someone you love has suffered due to a back or neck injury, you know these injuries can cause pain and disability for weeks, months, and, in some cases, even years. What many people don't know is that neck and back injuries aren't always the result of a sudden accident - they can occur over years while on the job, and many workers are more prone to back and neck injuries than others. Workers who perform heavy lifting, frequent twisting, loading cargo, repetitive work, overexertion, or driving long distances are especially at risk.

Man suffers work-related injuries after pipeline hit

Most anyone in Pennsylvania who has had to dig as part of one's employment or while conducting a home improvement project has likely been warned of the importance of calling to request that utility lines are marked beforehand. However, many people may be unaware of the importance of this step. Even when 811 is called, a slight miscalculation can result in serious work\-related injuries.

For example, a man in another state recently suffered severe burns to his body. The incident that led to his injuries reportedly happened on a day in early September. Reports indicate that a full crew was digging a trench.

Industrial accident sends worker to hospital

Many workers in Pennsylvania have a significant amount of experience and skill in their chosen profession. However, even those who have worked in the same job for years can become involved in an industrial accident due to situations that cannot be easily predicted. Unfortunately, a man in another state was recently hospitalized after he was injured at work.

The incident happened just before 3 p.m. on a day in late August. Reports indicate that the man was working to clean bolts on a machine at Rightway Fasteners, a company that manufactures parts used by the automotive industry. Unfortunately, the man is said to have become pinned in the machine while he worked.

Community Profile: David Jellison, Retired Detective

David Jellison retired from the Pittsburgh police force after nearly three decades of service. Though he had a long career that eventually earned him a promotion to detective, Jellison's original life plan did not include law enforcement, and it wouldn't occur to him to start down that path until he was standing in his apartment at 3am, holding a gun, trying to find a pair of pants.

UPS worker injured in industrial accident

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the majority of workplace deaths are the result of four main categories of accidents -- being struck by an object, falls, electrocutions and getting caught between or in equipment. While a man in another state was recently involved in an industrial accident involving being pinned in equipment, he is fortunate that his accident was not fatal. However, as injured Pennsylvania workers can likely attest, injuries can also result in significant financial and life altering consequences.

Emergency workers were called to a UPS Customer Center at approximately 8:30 a.m. on a day in late August. According to reports, the man's arm had became entrapped in a conveyor belt. As a result, his arm became detached.

Workplace accidents: 2 killed, 4 injured in Pennsylvania

Regardless of the profession, all workers are likely aware of potential work hazards. However, unpredictable conditions or failing structures can often result in workplace accidents that cannot be predicted or avoided. Unfortunately, two people were recently killed while working in Pennsylvania; four others were injured.

The incident happened one night in late August. According to reports, the victims were performing maintenance in an enclosure at Bruce Mansfield Power Plant that was underground. While the maintenance was being conducted, a pipe is said to have ruptured and filled the closure with sludge.

New Hope for Injured Workers Following Supreme Court Decision on IREs

We've been following the repercussions of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision in the case of Protz v. Workers Compensation Appeals Board since June 2017. The decision struck down the section of Pennsylvania's workers' compensation law that allowed employers to reduce or cut off benefits following an impairment rating evaluation (IRE) as unconstitutional. Following the Protz decision, it was unclear exactly how cases already in progress would continue, and even more unclear what the change meant for those who had already lost their benefits.

Mailman suffers work-related injuries due to dog bite

When most people in Pennsylvania think of dangerous occupations, a mail carrier is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, they often walk into unknown situations and face unexpected dangers, especially in the form of dogs that may not know them. Unfortunately, a postal worker in another state has found himself out-of-work for several weeks after he suffered work\-related injuries related to a dog bite.

The incident reportedly occurred on a Monday afternoon. The worker claims he was approaching a house when he noticed that the door was open, leaving only a screen in place. Despite the screen door, an American bulldog was able to exit the house. The man claims he attempted to defend himself but was bitten on the hand.

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