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November 2014 Archives

Worker dies at nearby construction site

In previous posts, we have written about the multitude of workers' compensation and wrongful death claims that arise from all over western Pennsylvania worksites. Today, sadly, we have another one; this accident took place at a nearby construction site. The fatal accident occurred earlier this month in northwestern Pennsylvania at a former steel mill being turned into a chemical plant. The man who was killed was a roofer employed by FM Home Improvement out of Danville, New Jersey, one of the subcontracted companies that was working on the mill's renovations.

Two die, one injured in Pennsylvania motor vehicle accident

Everyday individuals take to Pennsylvania roads in their motor vehicles to get from one place to another. In doing so, rarely does anyone think about the possibility that they may not reach their destination because of a motor vehicle accident. Sadly, a midday car accident in Pennsylvania last week resulted in the death of two people. In addition to the deaths, a third person was injured in the two-vehicle accident.

Workers' compensation likely for 3 injured in industrial accident

You expect your workplace to be safe. Even in more dangerous jobs, you expect that your company has done everything in its power to provide you with proper training, functioning equipment, and safety measures to reduce those dangers. An industrial workplace can and should be as safe as any other employment site, although employers often have to take extra safety precautions to ensure healthy and injury-free workers. When an industrial accident happens, however, it can usually be traced back to equipment failure, a colleague's mistake, or a lack of safety warnings.

Holiday season means drunk drivers on the road

Over the course of their lives, nearly three in every ten Americans will be involved in a motor vehicle accident that involves the influence of alcohol. Even though we should all be aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, statistics like the previous one show how drivers continue to ignore the facts. Because some drivers continue to ignore these dangers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made December "National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month."

Industrial accident leaves one man injured

A man was injured in an industrial accident at a Derry Township concrete fabrication plant on Monday. He was Life-Flighted to a hospital in Monroeville Monday afternoon shortly after he became pinned beneath the forklift he was operating.

New NHTSA law designed to reduce car accident deaths

While the loss of any life in a car accident is tragic, such an incident is that much more difficult to handle when the person killed is a child. While these accidents may involve other vehicles, in some cases children are struck and killed when cars run over them while backing up in driveways or parking lots. These types of accidents may happen when the person behind the wheel fails to see the much smaller child behind the car.

Worker's death leads to OSHA citations for steel-rolling company

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently condemned Cleveland Track Material, a subsidiary of Vossloh North America that is based in Pennsylvania and that manufactures rolled steel for railroad tracks, for a fatal worksite accident. On Aug. 21, a 45-year-old machine operator was killed at the company's Ohio manufacturing facility.

Tree trimmer dies while working at cemetery

A worker in Pennsylvania was killed in a tree trimming accident on Nov. 12. The accident occurred at around 11:30 a.m. while the 54-year-old man was trimming branches at a cemetery in Zelienople. Police say the man was working in a bucket truck when it somehow came down and fatally injured him. Like most fatal workplace accidents, a report about the incident was sent to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Wrongful Death: Tree Service Worker Dies in Bucket Truck Accident

An American Tree Service worker suffered a Workers Compensation accident and died in a bucket truck accident Wednesday November 12, while working in a cemetery in Zelienople. According to the police and the Butler County Coroner the accident happened as a result of faulty equipment-machinery in the truck not working properly.

Coal workers are at risk for pneumoconiosis

Coal workers in Pennsylvania are often affected by an occupational disease called pneumoconiosis. Commonly referred to as black lung disease, pneumoconiosis is caused by the inhalation of coal dust. As coal dust settles in a worker's lungs, scar tissue causes the lungs to stiffen and breathing becomes difficult.

What are the most common construction injury causes?

Working in the construction industry carries safety and health risks for Pennsylvania employees. Some of the most reported causes of construction-related injuries are falls, being hit with falling objects, equipment incidents and becoming caught in between equipment and fixed structures.

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