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The Unfortunate Truth About Workplace Accidents 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012 was one of Pennsylvania's safest years on recent record in regard to the frequency of workplace accidents and fatalities. A preliminary report shows that 163 deaths occurred in 2012, which is a decrease from the 186 deaths reported in 2011 and a significant contrast from the high of 354 in 1994.

Compensation for families who lose loved ones to fracking

We often post about the national stand down for oil and gas workers and the role that the institutions of higher education have played in educating workers and industry leaders in creating safe workplaces. While we also gave you information about the number of fatal workplace accidents across the country in the oil and gas industries, there is more than just statistics to discuss. Unfortunately, the number of fatal industrial accidents in oil and gas is five to seven times higher than the average private employer. When a person in the fracking industry is injured, he or she can seek benefits through a workers' compensation claim. When a person dies from a fracking industry accident, the victim's family may have a wrongful death suit against an employer, a manufacturer of a defective product, or some other third party.

State police investigate wrongful death at workplace

Pennsylvania State Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Association are investigating  a workplace accident that resulted in the death of a Pennsylvania man who was an employee of Plum Corp. The employee was killed in an accident on the job occurring on June 14. Plum Corp., located in Hempfield Township, manufactures industrial and commercial metal roofing and siding materials.

Tree trimmer dies in workplace accident

According to a local news outlet, a tree trimmer was killed after falling from a bucket truck near Greensburg Pike, on Hawthorne Drive, in Versailles. The trimmer was employed by a tree service. The workplace accident will be investigated by local police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA investigates wrongful death of man killed in trucking accident

Whenever an accident happens in the workplace, and the accident results in an injury or death, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is called in to investigate the accident. OSHA is an independent agency that operates on both the state and federal level, and works to keep workplaces safe for workers.

Pennsylvania worker hit by vehicle and killed on the job

The dangers that road workers face each day became apparent on Feb. 11 when a flagger was struck by a car and killed. On that morning the victim, who was 52 years old, was assigned to flag traffic. Reports suggest that she was trying to help move a truck pulling a module home was travelling through the area.

Wrongful death at excavation sites

Pennsylvania workers who are involved in trenching and excavation projects are at a serious risk of being killed in a cave-in. When workers enter a trench that is not protected, the walls could collapse without warning. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, one cubic yard of dirt weighs over 3,000 pounds and is enough to kill a worker. Smaller amounts of dirt can also lead to serious injuries.

Wrongful death at the workplace

Wrongful death numbers down at workplace, number still too high. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor gave through with some great news that is good to hear among the whirlwind of injuries and negative occurrences that happen at the work place which we blog about on a day to day basis. It has now been reported that in 2013, the number of workers who were killed by a job-related death was down more than eighty deaths from last year's total of nearly 4700. This is now the fourth year in a row that wrongful death cases at worksites have dropped.

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.

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.

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