An incident that killed an employee in an Amazon warehouse in Pennsylvania, along with another incident that took place in December of 2013, have resulted in investigations of the company's conditions by OSHA. The Department of Labor reports that there have been two deaths among employees at Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment centers.
On June 16, an apparent scaffolding collapse injured five people in East Deer Township, according to authorities. The construction accident took place on Treadway Lane at a warehouse about 9:30 a.m. According to the vice president of the company that owns the warehouse, part of the scaffolding collapsed while the workers were replacing the roof, causing them to fall around 20 feet.
We've said it before on our Pittsburgh workers' compensation blog, but it bears repeating: Workplace accidents can happen just about anytime, anywhere. Obviously, some workplaces are more likely to be the site of a workplace accident, but there are plenty of cases where serious injury or even death have been the results of accidents that nobody would have expected.
The lawyers at Dugan & Associates, Lawyers Representing Injured People, are pretty familiar with industrial accidents and injuries. Having practiced in the field of workers' compensation injuries for over 25 years we have represented thousands of injured workers including those injured in industrial plants throughout western Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, particularly western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio many people's lives are dependent on the factories and mills. At one point Allegheny County, Beaver County, Lawrence County, Mercer County, Fayette County, Westmoreland County, and Washington County all had thriving factories. Many still do. If you or a loved one are injured in an industrial accident you may be entitled to workers' compensation (workmans compensation, workmens compensation). Payment of medical bills, lost wages among other benefits under the Workers' Compensation Act.
Young workers are essential to drive the economy here in Pennsylvania and all around the country. A lot of people do a lot of difficult, relatively low-paying jobs that are essential to daily commerce. Unfortunately, many of these teenage workers might lack the experience or proper training they need to work in jobs that can be more dangerous than they might realize.
Whenever heavy machinery is part of a workplace, the possibility of an injury-causing accident is always possible. The local Occupational Safety and Health Administration office is looking into a Carlisle woman who died in a fatal workplace accident earlier this month. The 52-year-old worker was killed at an Amazon warehouse in Cumberland County.
There are no two ways about it -- construction work can be dangerous. Even if conditions appear to be ideal, the inherent danger of the job can lead to a construction accident for even the most experienced workers. Many Pittsburgh workers have stories of near misses when they could have been seriously injured.
Pennsylvanians who are injured on the job experience a wide range of effects from their accident. Some might bounce back relatively quickly from something that is relatively straightforward, such as a broken bone; others, however, may have lingering problems that last for weeks, months or years -- or even a lifetime.