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August 2013 Archives

New OSHA requirements may affect compensation claims

New workplace rules from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration could have an effect on the amount of silica dust breathed in by Pennsylvania workers while on the job. Breathing in too much sand or crystalline silica can cause silicosis, an occupational disease that affects the lungs and can lead to more serious illnesses such as lung cancer, tuberculosis, kidney and autoimmune problems.

Wrongful Death, UPMC cancer doctor named in alleged malpractice

UPMC cancer doctor named in a wrongful death lawsuit for malpractice. A Pittsburgh area man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit for wrongful death related to what he believes is her wrongful death. The suit alleges that between 2009 and 2011 the doctor failed to perform tests on a known liver lesion which became the size of a grapefruit and had to be diagnosed at another facility.

Man dies in Pennsylvania fatal workplace explosion

Transfer firefighters, Clark firefighters, Pymatuning Township police and Greenville-West Salem Township police all responded after learning about an explosion that occurred an oil tank in Pymatuning Township. The fatal workplace accident resulted in the death of a worker who was in his 30s and from New Castle.

Unique challenges accompany mental illness

When someone finds out he or she is sick, most people react to that news with compassion. Communities often pull together to help people who are diagnosed with serious physical illnesses. However, mental illness is often put into a different category, even though it's a medical condition that deserves to be treated.

OSHA proposes $160,000 after explosion

Pennsylvania utilities companies may be aware that the Department Occupational and Safety Health Administration said that an explosion was the result of errors by a communications utilities contracting company. The company was working on underground drilling at the Kansas City, Missouri, restaurant where the explosion occurred. The workplace accident resulted in the death of one person and injuries to at least 15 people.

Candy factory faces $170k in fines

A candy factory near Pittsburgh is being faced with potentially $170,000 in workplace safety fines from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration after two workers were injured. The work-related injuries occurred after machines started up unexpectedly.

Pennsylvania worker injured in construction site accident

A construction worker was injured in Erie on Aug. 7 at approximately 12:15 p.m. when he was struck by a pickup truck that drove into a closed traffic lane. The man was taken to the hospital, where he has been listed in fair condition following the accident at the job site.

Pennsylvania woman wins slip-and-fall case

A federal judge recently awarded a woman from Bucks County six-figure compensation in an incident in which she tripped and fell while on the job at a Philadelphia supermarket. The woman reportedly filed her lawsuit approximately a year ago after she tripped and fell over a box that was being used as a makeshift doorstop to prop open a large office door at the grocery store.

What accommodations are made for people with disabilities?

One of the most critical reforms of the last generation is the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law requires businesses and other public venues to make basic accommodations for people who have disabilities. Making restrooms wheelchair accessible or maintaining accessible parking spots are a couple examples of what might be done to comply with the law. Recently, however, a Pennsylvania raceway was accused of failing to make accommodations for patrons with physical disabilities.

What's in a phrase? SSA to stop using 'mental retardation'

Here's some interesting news for our Pittsburgh readers: Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration announced that it would no longer be using the term 'mental retardation.' Instead, it will use the term 'intellectual disability.'

Even SSD applications are online, but is convenient always best?

With the advancements that have been made in technology, we can basically run our entire lives from our computers. We can order our lunch and have it arrive on our doorstep. We can download the next book we want to read onto our tablet. When a pipe bursts, we can even schedule an appointment for a plumber online. But is all of this efficiency always in our best interests?

New technique for fibromyalgia diagnosis on the horizon

Fibromyalgia is a pain disorder that can be not only debilitating, but also difficult to diagnose accurately. Simply getting a diagnosis can take up to five years in some cases. Fortunately, researchers at Ohio State University have developed a test they believe could make diagnosing fibromyalgia as simple as taking a small blood sample.

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