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Accidents with heavy machinery can occur with untrained personnel

Operating heavy machinery is necessary for some job positions. It is imperative that anyone who is going to operate these machines learns how to do so safely. When they don't, accidents can happen. Workers who are injured by unsafe operations might not be able to return to work right away.

Consider the specifics of your work-related injury

There are many different hazards that workers face on a daily basis while they do their jobs. Employers may try to minimize risks to their employees, but there isn't any way that all work injuries will be prevented. Instead, workers need to be able to count on the workers' compensation system when they do suffer an injury that requires medical care or time off work.

Contractors must take care to prevent trench collapse accidents

Have you ever been working to dig a deep trench at a Pennsylvania construction site and thought, "This is so dangerous, if the trench collapsed right now we'd all be seriously injured." Your concerns are likely valid. Trench collapses are some of the most dangerous and deadly of all hazards you could find at construction job sites.

What are the most common root causes of workplace accidents?

Did you know that some statistics on workplace accidents state that the injured worker is responsible for the accident 80 percent of the time? There are several common "root causes" of workplace accidents and with better safety training and protocol, we can reduce the chances of employees suffering an on-the-job accident.

Safety harnesses don't always keep you safe

A member of the cleaning crew who was preparing an O'Hara Township water tower for painting managed to survive a fall of 35-40 feet directly into the tank when his scaffolding failed. Although the crew member was wearing a safety harness, it's unclear where it was anchored—and it certainly didn't seem to do much to stop his fall.

Family of Amtrak worker struck by train files suit

Many of our readers likely remember the tragic incident in April near Chester, Pennsylvania, where two Amtrak employees who were doing maintenance on a railroad track were struck and killed by one of the company's trains. Now the family of one of the men killed, a longtime employee of Amtrak, has filed a lawsuit against the railroad for negligence.

Opioid prescriptions for injured workers remain high

Despite the epidemic of sometimes-fatal abuse of opioids and other painkillers in this country, the number of opioid prescriptions given to injured workers in many states, including Pennsylvania, remains high. That's the finding of a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute.

5 months after school boiler explosion, injured worker dies

A facility mechanic who was severely burned in a boiler explosion in a Philadelphia elementary school in January has died from his injuries on May 18. The man, who had been with the district for a quarter of a century, had been in a medically-induced coma since the explosion.

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