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November 2013 Archives

Personal injury at a work party or from a drunk driver who left the party

Personal injury at a work party or motor vehicle accidents following holiday parties. Now that the holidays are upon us it's important to take note as to some of the law surrounding injuries following parties and other social events. First and foremost don't drink and drive and don't text and drive. As they say, the life you save may be your own. This discussion will talk about two scenarios: 1.) if you are injured at or a result from a work party, or 2.) if you are injured by someone who is leaving a work party.

Pennsylvania man hospitalized after on-the-job electrocution

On the morning of Nov. 23, a 49-year-old electrical worker from Easton was apparently performing annual maintenance work on a high-voltage transformer on Route 22 at the Goldman Sachs location in Bridgewater before he was accidentally electrocuted. Officers said that the man went into cardiac arrest after touching a live wire. He also sustained third degree burns as a result of the accident, according to reports.

Workers urged to protect employees during Black Friday

Pennsylvania retailers are being urged by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration to remember the dangers associated with Black Friday shopping and to take precautions in preparation for a high volume of shoppers. The risk of workplace accidents can be higher at this time of year due to a rush of people looking for deals during holiday sales, and just five years ago, in 2008, a worker was trampled to death during a sales event.

NIOSH releases new recommendations for nanomaterial controls

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released new recommendations concerning controlling workers' exposures when engineered nanomaterials are used industrially. Some workers in Pennsylvania might be interested in the new document, which outlines how to control workers' exposures to the substances. Many products on the market already contain nanomaterials, including food storage products, sporting goods and makeup.

Man works to overcome brain injury from industrial accident

After a Pennsylvania man suffered a severe brain injury in 2008, he was unable to eat, speak or walk. He had been struck by a two-ton steel girder and slammed onto a concrete floor in a horrific industrial accident while on the job for less than a year. Just five years later, however, the man is able to volunteer four days every week and hits the gym just about every day.

State Supreme Court awards state trooper disability benefits

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overruled decisions of both a Workers Compensation Appeal Board and a Commonwealth Court. The Court has ruled to allow workers compensation disability benefits for a state trooper. The issue originally stemmed from an incident that took place on Nov. 29, 2006, in East Pennsboro Township, when a 28-year-old woman from Hampden Township darted into the path of the trooper's police cruiser and was killed.

Explosion injures 2 workers at Pennsylvania manufacturing plant

A chemical explosion at a manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania on Nov. 7 injured two employees who were handling a volatile substance with nothing more than gloves on for protection. The facility had to be decontaminated after a nitric acid explosion caused dangerous burns to the two workers. Though these types of workplace accidents can sometimes shut down a facility, workers were allowed to return after about an hour.

Lawmakers fighting for coal miners

Pennsylvania residents might be interested in a recent news story about proposed federal legislation that would benefit coal miners suffering from black lung disease. For many years, these workers have suffered from this debilitating occupational illness, only to be told by doctors who in many cases were hired by coal companies that their diagnoses were negative or not severe enough to warrant health benefits.

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