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Common Construction Work Injuries and Illnesses

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If you work in the construction industry, chances are you or someone you know someone has been injured on the job. Between the heavy machinery, power tools, and various other hazards, it's no wonder construction is often one of the most injury-prone industries.

Warning Signs of Common Heat-Related Illnesses

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As the weather gets warmer, employees face even more risk for on-site injuries due to the heat. The biggest threat is hyperthermia, which occurs when the body is unable to regulate its core temperature.

Fatigue risks for commercial truck drivers

Everyone has an internal clock that causes the body to prepare for sleep at night, and in most people, it slows alertness down at siesta time in the early afternoon. Those are the times at which commercial truck drivers in Pennsylvania and other states put their lives on the line if they do not get enough sleep. Denying their bodies the necessary rest causes a sleep debt that could lead to fatigue and falling asleep while driving -- even microsleeps for seconds at a time can be fatal.

There are strict regulations that govern the number of hours commercial truck drivers may drive before resting for a specified period. However, some employers set unrealistic deadlines that force drivers to exceed allowed driving hours. Other factors that can exacerbate fatigue include physical exertion regarding other job responsibilities such as loading and unloading cargo.

Occupational disease: Work-related asthma affects many employees

Many workers in Pennsylvania contract work-related asthma that could leave them disabled and unable to work, or necessitates a change in employment to get away from the substances that are to blame. This is an occupational disease that can exacerbate the conditions of workers who have existing asthmatic conditions, or it can develop in a perfectly healthy employee. Employees in any industry that exposes them to irritants or allergens can fall victim to occupational asthma.

Safety authorities have identified over 250 substances that could cause shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing and coughing. Workers in many industries -- from hospitals to bakeries -- can be affected by substances that include various chemicals that are used in manufacturing. Also cleaning products, paints, grain, wood dust, flour, mold, latex gloves, animals, plants and insects.

Brother of industrial accident victim explains what happened

Many families in Pennsylvania are close-knit. Some family members even choose to work together. Unfortunately, one man in another state details how his brother was recently killed in an industrial accident while they worked together.

The man says that he and his 31-year-old brother worked together at a junk removal company. On the day of the accident that led to the man's death, the two had made a stop at Lincoln Recycling -- as they regularly did. The brother claims that he re-entered the truck they were driving while the victim remained outside to close the truck's door.

Search underway for worker's body following construction accident

Many people in Pennsylvania are highly skilled at the jobs they are tasked to perform. Unfortunately, unexpected conditions can often leave workers facing unsafe incidents, regardless of their level of expertise. Unfortunately, a construction accident at an international airport in another state has resulted in a mission to recover a worker's body.

The incident happened one morning on a day in May. According to reports, the missing worker was operating a drill-rig and had just completed excavating a hole. He had reportedly been moving the drill when it collapsed into the hole. Workers worked for approximately 12 hours on the day of the accident to clear the rig. Though they had to stop work because of safety concerns, they were able to move it the next day with the help of a crane.

Severed hydraulic line factor in fatal workplace accident

All workplaces in Pennsylvania and across the country hold risks for workers regardless of the type of employment. In many cases, employers and workers are aware of certain risks and take certain precautions to protect themselves and others. Unfortunately, a fatal workplace accident can stem from unexpected hazards, making it difficult for employees to anticipate them.

Unfortunately, it appears that such might be the case following a fatal accident in a neighboring state. According to reports, a 27-year-old man was working at a Ben Weitsman scrap metal yard on a Saturday in late May. Rescue workers received a call about a man pinned under a bucket loader.

Man suffers fatal work-related injuries in landscaping accident

No workplace in Pennsylvania or other area of the country is completely devoid of risk to employees. While certain measures can be put in place to protect workers, they cannot all be eliminated, especially in high-risk occupations. In fact, a man in another state recently suffered fatal work-related injuries while trimming trees which the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks as one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs.

The incident happened on a day in mid-May. According to reports, the victim worked for a tree removal service and was completing a landscaping job at the time. The workers were taking down a tree in the area and feeding its parts into a wood chipper. Unfortunately, something in the machine became stuck.

Man killed in industrial accident at power plant

Employers often understand the potential for a workplace accident and the serious harm that one can cause. As a result, they teach their employees the importance of safety and provide them with appropriate gear to keep them safe. Unfortunately, unexpected events in a workplace in Pennsylvania and across the country can occur, leaving workers at risk. In fact, a man in another state recently lost his life in an industrial accident.

The incident happened one morning on a day in mid-May. According to reports, it occurred at Duke Energy, a coal-burning power plant. Officials with the fire department claim they received a call about an extraction.

Workplace accidents: Man killed in front-end loader accident

Many occupations in Pennsylvania require an employee to perform the same or relatively similar tasks every day. While these tasks can become second nature, there are still risks associated with them that could lead to workplace accidents. Unfortunately, reports indicate that a man in another state recently lost his life in an accident involving a front-end loader.

The incident at a Hewlett-Packard campus reportedly happened just before 3 p.m. on a day in May. According to reports, the employee was using a front-end loader that had a large metal box on it. Reports indicate that the box was at a high level at the time of the accident.

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