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.
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.
Forklifts are dangerous pieces of machinery, and the process of loading and unloading them puts workers at significant risk -- which often goes unrecognized until an accident happens.
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.
If you are injured on the job, the first thing you need to do is seek medical care for all of your injuries.
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.
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.
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.
Workplace accidents can happen for a slew of reasons, some of which you can't predict or avoid. However, there are some common reasons that are important to keep in mind, as knowing where hazards lie can help to reduce injuries.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a landscaping company in Pennsylvania for eight safety violations that occurred last summer. Two of the company's employees were injured because of the violations.