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September 2013 Archives

Byrd amendments help black lung victims

Pennsylvania residents or their families who have worked in coal mines may be interested in a recent story concerning compensation for victims of black lung disease. New federal rules have been adopted that are designed to make it easier for those suffering from black lung disease and their families to obtain benefits.

The danger of grain bin accidents

Farm workers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere may be aware that getting caught in a grain bin is one of the most deadly workplace accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently instituted various programs to get the word out so more lives aren't lost in these tragedies. It takes only five seconds to become trapped in a silo by flowing grain and be completely unable to extricate oneself. A worker can be completely covered by grain in 60 seconds, which explains why more than half of all such accidents result in fatal suffocation.

PNC Park Employee Harassed And Assaulted

Pittsburgh police are investigating an assault against an employee working at PNC Park early Wednesday morning. The Pennsylvania resident who was attacked claims that he was at work at the stadium, where he is employed through a temporary agency, when he was forced into an altercation between himself and a co-worker.

Worker killed at Saints ballpark construction site

Pennsylvania residents might be interested to hear that a 61-year-old worker on the new St. Paul Saints construction site was killed after a piece of concrete fell onto the cab of the backhoe that he was operating. The man was an employee of Rachel Contracting, which has not been issued any citations during the several Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections that have occurred within the past five years. The worker was working on demolishing the former Diamond Products Building, located on Fifth and Broadway streets, to ready the area for the new ballpark.

Low back problems affect many people

About 80 of all people suffer from low back pain at some point. The ailment ranks as the top reason people miss work. It's the second highest reason people see a doctor, coming in only behind having a cold or the flu. Back injuries are also among common work-related injuries. A survey conducted for the American Physical Therapy Association in 2011 found that low back pain interferes with people's daily lives. About 69 percent said it had reduced the quality of their lives, 38 percent said it interfered with their exercise regime, 37 percent said it disrupted their sleep and 24 percent said it affected their ability to work.

Excavator driver dies after structure collapses

A Pennsylvania construction worker operating an excavator sustained injuries that ultimately proved fatal in a Sept. 9 accident. The man was working at Holy Name/St. Mary's Church in Swoyersville when the construction accident took place close to 11:30 a.m. Reports did not say whether his actions caused the accident or if it was simply a result of the structural condition of the building.

Roller truck hurts worker in construction site accident

A Pittsburgh-area construction worker was lucky to be alive after losing control of an asphalt steam roller truck and being run over by the machine. Police said that he was able to be freed from beneath the roller in the construction site accident and was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment. Officials believed that the mishap was caused by a hydraulic hose breaking on the roller, which sent the machine jerking forward.

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