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August 2014 Archives

Flowback testing work conditions exceed benzene exposure limits

Workers in Pennsylvania who conduct flowback testing during gas and oil extraction could be overexposed to the carcinogen benzene, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In a recent post, the agency summarized its evaluation of volatile organic compound exposure during flowback testing, and it offered nine recommendations to protect employees.

Workers' compensation information for victims

When employees go to work, they expect to help their employer through their efforts while providing for their families. They do not expect to be injured by simply completing their job. Dugan & Associates, P.C. is committed to helping injured employees. In addition to helping employees with their workers' compensation claims and personal injury lawsuits, we also help claimants with Social Security Disability Insurance claims.

OSHA fines Pennsylvania company in fatal workplace accident

On July 29, it was originally reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited and fined a manufacturing factory for a Jan. 30 blast that took the life of one worker and injured another in St. Marys, about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The company, Mersen USA, was ordered to pay $7,000 in fines.

Trucker killed while working at Pennsylvania warehouse

A 56-year-old man was killed in a tractor-trailer accident at a warehouse in Pennsylvania on Aug. 4. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has begun an investigation into the incident, but an agency spokeswoman declined to provide details while the investigation is ongoing.

Supervision and human error blamed for fiery Pennsylvania death

On Feb. 11, 2014, a 27-year-old Chevron worker was killed in a gas well explosion that burned for four days in Greene County. The man had approached the well when he heard a hissing sound emitting from it and was burned in the explosion. A Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection report is blaming the incident on human error on the part of another worker as well as on a supervisor's failure to ensure that a lock pin on the well was properly tightened.

Pennsylvania worker suffers minor injuries in explosion

An explosion at recycling plant Metalico Bradford Goodman Services sent a worker to the hospital with minor injuries on August 5. The explosion happened shortly before 11:30 a.m. as the employee started to cut into a crude oil tank with a circular cut-off saw. The saw reacted with the vapors inside of the 10-by-15-foot steel tank causing them to ignite.

Pennsylvania utility workers possibly impacted by new regulations

In an effort to reduce the work accident risk, New Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations which put a stop to free climbing practices that are used by many electrical utility workers, have been put into place. Ever since the 1990's, workers on cellular towers have had to climb using harnesses, yet many electrical workers were exempt from the rules. It is common practice for some electric line workers to climb to heights of close to 200 feet without safety harnesses.

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