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July 2013 Archives

Man dies while trimming branches, OSHA investigates

On July 27, a man lost his life in a tree-trimming accident in Pennsylvania. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was reported to be looking into the incident after the man's death. According to authorities, the man was working for a company in Bethlehem that had been contracted to clear away tree branches from power lines in preparation for a 10-day music festival that was coming to the region when he hit a high-voltage power line as he worked near a river and the vehicle he was in caught on fire. Officials are uncertain if he fell or jumped into the water.

Worker dies in tree-trimming accident

A tree-trimming accident on July 27 led to the death of a Pennsylvania employee of the tree-trimming company. The workplace accident occurred in Bethlehem near the Minsi Trail Bridge on the Lehigh Canal towpath. The company, Asplundh Tree Expert Company, had been contracted by PPL Electric Utilities to clear tree branches in advance of the city's upcoming 10-day music festival, Musikfest.

Delayed diagnosis for Alzheimer's disease can prove costly

An illness of the mind can be an insidious thing. Many such illnesses are difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat and can make it difficult for its sufferer to work. Obtaining disability benefits is generally hard no matter the injury, but having a condition that is not readily diagnosable when applying for Social Security Disability Insurance can add time and frustration to an already lengthy and complex process.

Pennsylvania SSDI recipients increases by 50 percent

Nationwide, the number of people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance is increasing. In Pennsylvania, that increase has amounted to a 50 percent increase since 2003, recent Social Security Administration data shows. That increase is above the national average of 39 percent.

Pennsylvania construction worker injured by falling concrete form

A Pennsylvania construction worker sustained injuries from a 1,000-pound concrete form that fell on him. The accident happened at a construction site for new four to seven bedroom single-family homes in a planned community. Construction companies use the forms in building the foundation of a home. The construction site accident happened as the worker attempted to move the 9-foot-tall form.

Miners' widows win benefits on second claims

The Black Lung Benefits Act compensates coal miners disabled by pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung disease, and their dependents in Pennsylvania and across the country. Two coal miner widows who separately claimed benefits were both initially unsuccessful when they failed to present sufficient evidence that the occupational disease had been at least in part the cause of their husbands' deaths, a required element of any claim for benefits at the time.

Construction incident leads to two injuries

A construction incident in Pennsylvania has reportedly left a construction worker and a fireman injured. It is reported that the 52-year-old construction worker had fallen during the course of his work from the building's steel frame. The fall was 30 feet in total. A 36-year-old maintenance worker at the construction site reportedly recorded some of the incident on his mobile phone.

Study: Disabling brain injuries could be exacerbated by ADHD

Medical researchers at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh may have uncovered an interesting -- and perhaps unexpected -- link between two medical conditions. One of the doctors who contributed to the study noted a connection between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and the severity of head injuries among children she treated over the years, and looked further into the phenomenon. Her study connected brain injuries with a lengthy recovery to the neurological condition.

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