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June 2013 Archives

Pennsylvania coal mine collapse injures two workers

Two coal miners were injured recently when a section of rock fell from the ceiling of the mine as they were working. The mine, located approximately 40 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, was temporarily shut down to allow state and federal investigators to assess the damage and determine when the mine is safe to resume operations. Officials noted that this is standard procedure following workplace accidents in underground mines.

Pennsylvania man's spinal injury recovery provides inspiration

In many cases, spinal cord injuries are something a person must deal with his or her entire life. This disabling injury can leave a person unable to lose some or nearly all motor function, which is undoubtedly life changing. One Pennsylvania man, however, has beaten the odds, and his recovery from a serious spinal injury has become an inspiration. 

Construction worker in critical condition after 20 foot fall

A 54-year-old Pennsylvania carpenter who was working in a downtown Philadelphia construction site is listed in critical condition after he fell 20 feet, landing in the building's foundation. According to a worker on the construction accident scene, the man was conscious and alert after the fall. He had suffered a gash in his arm. The worker was the first to reach the carpenter after he had fallen. The work site is located on the corner of 19th and Arch Streets. Police report that the carpenter was taken to a nearby hospital.

Social Security disability fund faces strain, benefits may be cut

Over the last several years, residents in Pennsylvania have likely heard about efforts to reform the Social Security retirement program because of projected financial shortfalls. Although this is definitely an issue of concern, financial trouble is also on the horizon for the Social Security disability program. If something is not done to remedy projected shortfalls in the SSD fund, beneficiaries could see a significant reduction in payments, which could create undue hardship.

Aquarium fined again for unsafe working conditions

Pennsylvania residents may know that SeaWorld Florida has been embroiled in lengthy legal battles related to workplace safety ever since one of its trainers was killed by an orca in February 2010 a few years ago. After the trainer's death, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reprimanded the park with a safety violation and a fine of $75,000. OSHA ordered the aquarium to keep its orca whale trainers out of the water and said trainers need to maintain a safe distance from the whales when the trainers are not in the water.

Crane operator in custody after tragic building collapse

The crane operator involved in a building collapse in Philadelphia that killed six people and injured thirteen is in custody after turning himself in. After the building collapse, he tested positive for pain medication and marijuana. He also has an arrest record that includes a guilty verdict for drug charges. Philadelphia's mayor, Michael Nutter, noted that the two property owners who hired the crane operator in question are also responsible for the tragedy.

New treatment may slow disabling effects of multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a condition that can strike a person at any age. As Pittsburgh residents affected by this condition know, the long-term effects of the illness can be very difficult to handle. As the disease progresses, simple neurological functions begin to fade, which can makes mobility a challenge.

Injured Pennsylvania Worker Expected To Live

A 40-year-old construction foreman had been working on a new H&M clothing store when falling debris knocked the ladder upon which he was standing out from under him. He fell 25 feet and sustained serious injuries but is expected to survive. The construction accident took place at the McClatchy Building in Upper Darby.

Surgery shows promise for severe obsessive compulsive disorder

The Social Security disability program isn't limited to covering purely physical injuries or illnesses; rather, it also covers some mental conditions. One of the mental illnesses included in SSDI is severe obsessive compulsive disorder, otherwise known as OCD. Certainly, financial support may be necessary for someone who is adversely affected by this particular condition, but advances in treatments can provide a different kind of relief.

Lowe's employee dead after work accident

A Lowe's employee died after being involved in a work-related accident in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. The Union Township police say that the man was one of two Lowe's employees who were unloading appliances from a Lowe's box truck into a semi-trailer. The box truck reportedly backed into the semi-trailer, hitting the man who was in his 30s.

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