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Man airlifted following industrial accident

All workplaces in Pennsylvania and across the country hold some degree of risk. Even when an employee is performing a task that seems simple, there is the potential of an industrial accident. Unfortunately, a man in another state was transported to the hospital by helicopter after he suffered serious burns in an incident at work.

Work-related injuries lead to leg amputation

While all occupations hold some degree of risk, those that involve the use of heavy machinery could be especially risky to workers in Pennsylvania and across the country. Unfortunately, a recent incident in another state emphasizes the risks that some workers face. In the accident, a man lost his leg as a result of work-related injuries.

Reports indicate that the accident happened one afternoon on a day in early February. Although many of the details of the accident are unclear, it is known that, unfortunately, a worker is said to have caught his leg in a trenching machine. Emergency responders claim that the man's leg was entangled in the machine's blades.

Fatal workplace accident takes life of young father

While all jobs hold some degree of risk, some are riskier than others. Although employers in Pennsylvania and across the country often strive to train employees about the risks they may encounter and support an environment conducive to safety awareness, workers can still be involved in an accident. Unfortunately, a recent fatal workplace accident in another state has left a family mourning the unexpected death of their loved one.

The incident happened at a facility owned by a company named Genan. According to the company's website, the facility is one of the largest tire recycling plants in the company. Now the cite is under investigation by both federal and local officials.

Pennsylvania industrial accident remains under investigation

Many workplaces in Pennsylvania follow all safety regulations and recommendations. However, when heavy equipment is involved, even the safest of workers could become involved in an industrial accident. In fact, federal investigators are currently examining a fatal incident that left several men dead and sent others to the hospital.

The incident happened at approximately 8 a.m. on a day in early February. According to reports, two men died in the accident. Three others were injured -- one was critically injured and transported to the hospital by helicopter while the other two suffered minor injuries. The identities of the workers were not immediately released.

Report shows increase in fatal workplace accidents in 2016

All workplaces in Pennsylvania and across the country have hazards. Even those that seem relatively safe -- such as an office -- have cords that could cause someone to trip and fall, among the potential for other accidents. Unfortunately, statistics provided in the Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that the number of fatal workplace accidents increased by 7 percent in 2016.

A 7 percent increase means that over 5,000 workers were killed in work-related accidents -- the most people killed at work since 2008. Statistics indicate a rise in the number of minorities killed at work as well as the number of people killed as a result of a slip and fall, among other rises. Unfortunately, the rise did not come as a surprise to some.

Repetitive Stress Injuries: What All Workers Should Know

pexels-photo-585419.jpgWhen you think about workplace injuries, you most likely think of life-altering incidents, such as a delivery person involved in an automobile accident while on the job, or a construction worker being struck by a moving or falling object. But workplace injuries are not always the result of a sudden, isolated event. In fact, most workplace injuries develop over time from minor, repetitive movements that are performed on a frequent basis. Fortunately, employees can recover from these types of repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) through the workers' compensation system.

5 killed in oil rig blast: Industrial accident

For many people in the United States and across the world, natural gas is an important part of their everyday lives. However, like with all necessities, workers in Pennsylvania and across the country whose job it is to obtain them could face the potential for harm in an industrial accident. Unfortunately, reports indicate that workers were recently killed in an explosion on a natural gas rig.

The explosion happened just before 9 a.m. on a day in January. Witnesses claim that workers heard a loud boom. Most of them were able to escape; of the 17 that survived, only one minor injury was reported. However, the medical examiner has requested dental records to help identify the ones who were not able to escape.

Wrongful death suit settled out of court

Employees in Pennsylvania and across the country face many hazards in the workplace. However, most employers work hard to ensure that workers are fully aware of these hazards as well as provide appropriate tools to avoid and protect them. When an employer fails to do so, they could face a wrongful death lawsuit should a fatal accident occur as a result.

Such appears to the be case after two workers were killed at Agridyne LLC in June 2014. Reports indicate that a 37-year-old man entered an air-tight railroad tanker to clean corn steep residue. Unfortunately, he was unaware that the tanker contained hydrogen sulfide gas, which can kill someone after only a few breaths.

Workplace accidents: Man flown to hospital

While all workplaces in Pennsylvania and across the country hold some degree of risk, those who work with machinery can easily suffer a serious injury. Regardless of the safety measures that are in place and the desire of employees to avoid injury, some workers can still fall victim to workplace accidents. Unfortunately, a Pennsylvania man recently injured his arm at work.

The incident happened at Wege Pretzel factory. The victim, whose name has not been released and is believed to be in his early 20s, was reportedly operating a flour mixer at the time. He allegedly reached into the machine to clear dust when his whole upper arm became entangled in the blade.

Police officer suffers work-related injuries in crash

Most people are aware that police officers often place their lives in harm's way to protect those that they were hired to serve. However, many in Pennsylvania are unaware that even when officers perform tasks that seem relatively mundane -- such as assisting a vehicle stopped near the road -- they could face serious harm due to work-related injuries. Reports indicate that an officer in another state suffered serious injuries following a recent crash involving a suspected drunk driver.

The incident that led to the officer's hospitalization happened on a day in mid-January. According to reports, he was on a parked motorcycle near a highway. Unfortunately, another vehicle struck the motorcycle, ultimately causing the officer to become pinned underneath a pickup truck.

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