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November 2012 Archives

Manufacturing accident kills worker

Ohio emergency responders were called to an aluminum manufacturer following a manufacturing accident. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident which claimed one worker's life and seriously injured another.

Parenting abilities of disabled adults questioned

Many people look forward to raising children. While many groups of people who previously may have not been able to have children can now adopt or have children through other means, there is still bias against some people parenting children. A woman with muscular dystrophy explains that disabled adults are one group that is still discriminated against when it comes to parenting.

Repeat industrial accident under investigation

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a concrete plant after a second industrial accident occurred earlier this month. In the more recent accident, two men were coiling high-gauge cables when the cable snapped. One man was killed when the cable struck him in the head, and the other had his leg severed by the cable. In the first accident, a worker had to have his leg amputated after a concrete pole, which had been stacked on other poles, fell on him.

Supplemental Security Income: 40 years later

Oct. 30 marked the 40th year of the Supplemental Security Income program, which currently provides benefits for about 8 million Americans who are blind, disabled or elderly. If it wasn't for SSI, many of the most vulnerable people in the country would be facing property, homelessness and other struggles.

Electrical injuries result from industrial accident

Following water damage caused by a burst pipe, workers were dispatched to clean out a building. One worker sustained serious injuries as a result of an electrical shock being described by police as an industrial accident. The man is in his early 30s, so his age should help to speed along his journey back to full health somewhat, but the effects of electrical shock can be very serious, some of which are permanent.

OSHA cites iron company for numerous hazards

While conducting a follow-up inspection at an iron foundry in Wisconsin, The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company with nine safety violations.Industrial accidents can cause serious physical harm or death to employees due to equipment, heights and dangerous materials. Previously, the location had been investigated per employee tips -- repeat violations, OSHA says, "demonstrate a lack of commitment to workers' well-being." The repeat violations include safety violations in reference to equipment, including an electrical junction box.

$2 million settlement reached in scaffold collapse

In 2010, a scaffolding platform slid from its supports and fell to the ground on the Binghamton University campus. Six workers were injured, and one worker recently won a court battle with a $2 million settlement for his injuries. The verdict returned by the jury ordered the construction company to pay for past and future pain and suffering, lost wages (both past and future) and the man's medical expenses.

Veterans wait months for disability claims to be processed

After returning home from service, many veterans suffer from injuries and illnesses which can be attributed to their time in the military. While veterans can apply for Social Security disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs, the process is painstakingly slow for many veterans.

Hand injuries sustained in the workplace can have lasting effects

With the hurricane relief effort in full swing and the winter moving in upon us, many people have been utilizing chainsaws and other machines to aid them with yard clean-up. Landscaping businesses are familiar with the usage of this dangerous equipment, but accidents can still occur and can cause serious injuries. Injuries that occur in the workplace are covered by workers' compensation, the funds from which can aid in paying off medical bills and curbing the financial burden of being unable to work.

Working disabled man benefits from SSI and Medicaid

When a person becomes disabled, he or she likely encounters new challenges. For instance, covering medical costs may be quite difficult. However, as one man's story shows, a disability does not necessarily prevent a person from working and earning an income. His story also demonstrates how Supplemental Security Income can benefit those with disabilities who can work.

OSHA fines Pennsylvania recycling company for 27 violations

A New Castle, Pennsylvania company is facing 27 workplace safety and health violations after the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated an inspection after a complaint. The penalties could cost nearly $60,000.

OSHA urges hurricane recovery workers to be aware of hazards

As Hurricane Sandy crashed against the East Coast of the U.S. last week, the storm left devastation in her wake, bringing recovery workers from out-of-state to the storm-ravaged areas of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Those who are involved in the cleanup efforts need to be aware of the safety and health hazards connected with their acts of good will.

1 steel worker injured, 1 killed in accident

Pennsylvania is the proud home to many steel mills and plants, and many people know how dangerous working in the steel industry can be. At a Nebraska steel plant property in early October, three employees were involved in a serious industrial accident, resulting in the death of one worker. The man who was killed was an independent contractor, but was working with two employees of steel mill servicing company.

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