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May 2014 Archives

Occupational illness among firefighters getting more attention

We have written extensively on our Pittsburgh workers' compensation blog about how asbestos can have a long-term impact on industrial workers and other employees who might have been exposed to the substance, even if it was decades ago. While new asbestos products have not been used for some time, there are still several possible issues with products that do receive a lot of use, making the threat of occupational disease a very real one for many of today's employees.

Concrete wall falls at construction site, killing worker

Now that the weather is warming up in Pennsylvania and around the nation, construction projects that might have been pushed back for several months are ramping up. With that increase in activity also comes a flurry of construction accidents. While many of these might not be dramatic enough to make the news, others are serious enough to lead to injuries or fatalities.

Mesothelioma diagnosis might follow decades of high-risk work

Pittsburgh residents who have been diagnosed with a serious occupational disease such as mesothelioma know that their time left might be short. That's why it's important to make sure that their loved ones will be taken care of if the disease proves to be too much to overcome -- and if it can be shown to have been generated by working conditions that led someone to be exposed to known risk factors, such as asbestos.

Safety precautions can be effective -- when workers follow them

It probably comes as no surprise that the leading cause of death in construction accidents is falls. Construction workers often work at great heights, so injuries from scaffolding falls or falls from ladders can be deadly. While many of these accidents are just that -- accidents -- many of them are preventable if the proper care is taken by workers and construction companies.

Falling concrete kills SW Pennsylvania construction worker

Construction work is an inherently dangerous job. Between working at great heights and dealing with heavy, dangerous machinery, the potential to have a catastrophic accident is always present, no matter how careful an individual worker might be in the course of doing his job. A recent accident not far from Pittsburgh is a reminder of just how dangerous construction work can be for Pennsylvania workers.

Coal mine accident leads to the deaths of 2 workers

Not as many people work in coal mines today as in years past. Automation, safety concerns and the development of alternative energy sources have made the profession of coal miner much less common. However, there are still a number of active mines around the country -- particularly in our part of the country -- and when a workplace accident takes place at a coal mine, the results can be deadly.

9 workers hurt when old steel plant roof collapses

Pennsylvania visitors to this blog will likely have more than a glint of recognition when it comes to the name Bethlehem Steel. Once the biggest rival to Pittsburgh's U.S. Steel, Bethlehem Steel plants had a big imprint in our part of the country. Now that the company is bankrupt and out of business, many of its old facilities are in disrepair -- even if their shells remind us of what was once a thriving industry here.

Workplace illnesses might take years to become apparent

Oftentimes on our Pittsburgh workers' compensation law blog, we discuss workplace injuries or construction accidents that leave workers in need of immediate care. However, a fall from a great height or some other kind of traumatic event represent only one kind of danger that a worker might face on the job.

Two Philadelphia construction workers hit with falling debris

Many employers no doubt put the time into making sure precautionary measures are in place on construction sites. However, even in cases where workers are properly trained and the area is kept in proper working order, given the very nature of the site, no construction site can ever be 100 percent safe. Even in cases where all the rules and regulations are being followed, the unthinkable can still happen, leaving workers injured and out of work. 

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