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Excessive heat could cause workplace illness

At this time of year, those with air conditioning are likely grateful for the opportunity to be inside. However, there are many people in Pennsylvania and across the country who cannot avoid the heat as their jobs require them to be outside. Unfortunately, extreme heat can result in a serious workplace illness.

As a result of soaring temperatures, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is working with the National Weather Service to ensure that those who work outdoors in excessive heat are aware of the potential dangers and the steps they can take to protect themselves. Employers are advised to encourage and allow workers to use water, rest and shade to protect themselves. Taking breaks in a shade and drinking water every 15 minutes can help mitigate the risk of heat-related illnesses.

Help after a Pennsylvania workplace illness or repetitive injury

When most people think of health issues as a result of the workplace environment, they often think of severe physical injuries resulting from an accident. However, there are many types of injuries -- including repetitive injuries that develop after performing the same actions over and over -- and illnesses that are caused by substances in the workplace to which an employee may be exposed. The attorneys at Dugan & Associates, P.C. can help workers in Pennsylvania suffering from a workplace illness or repetitive injury seek the necessary compensation they need to manage their medical conditions.

There are several different illnesses that workers in a variety of different fields face. For examples, coal miners often suffer from lung diseases, including pneumoconiosis, silicosis or black lung. Others, such as dental hygienists, could be exposed to hepatitis while those who work with polyvinyl chloride or latex could suffer from liver damage or cancer.

Fatal workplace accident under investigation

Those who must work with certain substances in Pennsylvania that are dangerous either due to their composition or temperature likely know of the dangers that they face. Unfortunately, they and their families are still left dealing with the consequences if they are injured as a result of their responsibilities at work. Officials in another state are currently investigating a recent fatal workplace accident that killed two people and sent four others to the hospital.

The incident that led to the workers' deaths happened one afternoon on a day in late June. According to reports, workers were doing work described as "routine maintenance" involving a slag tank. Slag is a waste byproduct that is formed when burned coal is combined with water. Used as an abrasive in sandpaper, for example, it can reach temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees.

2 killed, 5 injured in industrial accident

All workplaces in Pennsylvania and other areas of the country hold some degree of risk. However, depending on the type of industry, some could hold significantly greater risk factors than others. Unfortunately, two people were recently killed in an industrial accident in another state.

The accident happened on a day in late June at Big Bend Power Station. According to reports, the two deceased workers were using pressure washers, potentially in an attempt to unclog a tank containing "slag." Slag is a liquid described as similar to lava that can reach temperatures higher than 1,000 degrees.

Pennsylvania workers at risk of heat stroke during the summer

Those who work in physical careers, including construction, road work and even manufacturing, face serious risks at work. Whether it's machinery or heights, there are a lot of ways for a worker to get injured.

During summer months, there is another risk factor that many workers overlook. Heatstroke, which happens when your body reaches dangerously high temperatures, is much more common during summer months. Also called sunstroke, this condition can be life threatening if not treated immediately by medical professionals. It is not something workers and employers should ignore.

Workplace accidents: Trooper killed in interstate crash

Most people in Pennsylvania are aware of the many work-related risks that police officers and state troopers face. Even when they are not attempting to apprehend dangerous criminals, they face the risk of workplace accidents in the form of car crashes if they spend time driving as part of their job responsibilities. Unfortunately, one community is now mourning the unexpected loss of a state trooper after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident.

The incident happened just after 3 p.m. on a day in June. According to reports, both the officer and the driver of a truck were driving in slowed traffic just before lanes merged due to road construction. For reasons that are unclear, the two collided.

Man hospitalized following construction site accident

Those who work in the construction field likely know of the many dangers that face employees. Even when workers in Pennsylvania ensure all safety recommendations are followed, a construction site accident can still occur. For example, a man in another state was recently hospitalized following an incident that left him pinned.

The incident is said to have occurred one morning in late June. According to reports, the injured man was working on part of a new home's foundation. Unfortunately, a concrete slab fell on him, pinning the man. Rescue workers claim that an excavator either caused the collapse or fell over afterward and was hanging over the injured worker.

Man killed in job-related motor vehicle accident

There are multiple dangers that workers in Pennsylvania face as they go through their workday. While precautions can be taken to protect them from many dangers, not all can be completely eliminated, often leaving workers and their families struggling with the ramifications of a workplace accident. Unfortunately, a worker in another state recently lost his life in a job\-related motor vehicle accident.

Police say that they received a call regarding an accident involving a tractor-trailer at approximately 5:15 a.m. on a day in late June. The 56-year-old victim had reportedly been attempting to remove an empty trailer from a loading dock. Unfortunately, he is believed to have fallen from the cab of the truck.

Workers' Comp Law Declared Unconstitutional after Two Decades--Huge Victory for Thousands

gavel-568417_960_720.jpgOn June 20, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a decision that will reshape the way disability is assessed in the Commonwealth and potentially help countless people receive the workers' compensation benefits they deserve. Here's a quick overview of the case and the effects it could have on the workers' compensation landscape.

Worker killed in fatal workplace accident

Employers in Pennsylvania and organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration go to great lengths to protect the overall well-being of workers. Unfortunately, even the most stringent standards cannot prevent all workplace incidents. For example, an event that recently took place in another state proved to be a fatal workplace accident.

The incident is said to have happened one day in early June. The 64-year-old male victim was reportedly working for a trash-hauling company. At the time of the accident, he was said to have been working on the rear of a vehicle.

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