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June 2014 Archives

Death of Amazon temp worker prompts OSHA citations

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' preliminary data shows that in 2012 alone, temporary workers and contractors were involved in 708 fatalities, which is 16 percent of that year's workplace fatality total. A 57-year-old man who was working for a staffing agency contracted by a Pennsylvania-based logistics provider was killed while on the job on Dec. 4, 2013, at the Amazon facility in Avenel, New Jersey. He was executing sorting operations in the fulfillment center when he was caught in a conveyor system, which dragged him and then crushed him. He was transported to a local hospital where he later passed away from his injuries.

Tracy Morgan moved to rehab center

Comedian Tracy Morgan has been moved from a New Jersey hospital to a rehabilitation center. Morgan, who is best known for his characters on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” spent nine days in the hospital after an accident that left him in critical condition. According to numerous reports, the limousine van that Morgan and fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was struck from behind by a semi truck driven by Kevin Roper, who has since been charged with a number of crimes stemming from the crash.

Harrisburg man killed in car crash; several others injured

The consequences of drinking and driving in Pennsylvania can be severe. This is true not only in terms of penalties faced by a person who is charged and convicted with a crime such as DUI, but of course in terms of the human cost of lives potentially lost or forever altered by the thoughtless actions of a drunk driver.

Construction accident injures 5 Pennsylvania workers

Several workers involved in a roofing repair project were injured when the scaffolding used in the setting apparently collapsed, causing the individuals to fall approximately 20 feet. The incident occurred on the morning of June 16 in East Deer Township. The vice president of the company who owned the warehouse being repaired indicated that the collapse took place at 9:30 a.m. Those injured were employees of a roofing company from Vandergrift.

Caring for autistic children, adults can be expensive proposition

Trends in health care and medicine come and go. Whether it's because of better understanding of conditions that were previously misunderstood, or a more cynical view that doctors are over-diagnosing certain conditions, there are definite peaks of interest regarding certain conditions.

Progress made on motorcycle fatalities, but more work to be done

Improving safety for motorcycle riders in Pennsylvania takes a concerted effort on the part of lots of different people and groups. In order to decrease the number of motorcycle accidents and fatalities, cooperation between our state's transportation department and the state police has had to improve -- and, by many accounts, it has. Additionally, training of new riders has gotten better.

Driver in Morgan crash allegedly hadn't slept in more than a day

By now, many people in Pennsylvania and all around the country have heard about the accident involving comedian and actor Tracy Morgan over the weekend in New Jersey. According to police, a tractor-trailer rear-ended the luxury bus carrying Morgan and some fellow comedians back from a performance at a Delaware casino. One man was killed and Morgan was hospitalized in critical condition. His publicist says Morgan will likely be in the hospital for weeks in order to recover from his injuries -- including severe leg injuries, broken ribs and a broken nose.

Check your insurance coverage before ridesharing

Have you ever used a ridesharing service, such as Lyft, Uber or Sidecar? If so, you know that these increasingly popular services allow consumers to quickly and conveniently schedule a local ride from a private driver. Most people who take advantage of ridesharing services probably assume that they will be covered in the event of an accident when it comes to medical bills and injuries. That is exactly the assumption that numerous states are currently warning consumers about.

Taking 'time out' prevents wrong site surgeries

Have you heard of National Time Out Day? For about 10 years now, on June 11, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have observed National Time Out Day to raise awareness around correct surgical procedure. And if you look at national statistics, then you'll realize that more awareness in this regard is sorely needed.

Pennsylvania motorcyclist dies when he hits turning truck

Motorcyclists are out in force on Pennsylvania roads these days, as the weather is nice and the days are longer. People who ride motorcycles will tell you that the feeling of being on a bike is one that is hard to match. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are sometimes difficult for other drivers to see. There can be many reasons for this; the glare from the sun can obscure drivers' vision, and motorcyclists can sometimes be virtually invisible if they are in a vehicle's blind spot.

$16.3 million awarded to injured Pennsylvania worker

A settlement was reached on May 28 awards $16.3 million to a construction worker who was maimed by a 3,000-pound base stone that fell at a renovation site in Philadelphia. The man was to receive the settlement from four defendants, those being the site's contractor, the company overseeing the demolition, an engineering firm and his employer's parent company.

Tractor-trailer strikes turnpike workers in construction zone

Perhaps nobody is as familiar with the inherent danger of highway traffic than those workers who have to maintain our roads. There is often no way to do maintenance on busy roads such as the Pennsylvania Turnpike other than occasional lane closures, so that traffic can continue to get where it needs to go.

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