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Workplace Injuries Archives

Preliminary objections overruled in workplace injury case

A Pennsylvania judge has overruled a defendant's preliminary objections to being named in a joinder complaint to an initial workplace injury case. The judge stated that the defendant had 20 days from the judicial order to file a response to the suit.

Pennsylvania nearly worst in U.S. for work injury numbers

A study shows that rate of workplace injury and illness varies between U.S. states. Social Security Disability Insurance provider Allsup said that workers even in the same industry saw a different number of people getting sick or injured on the job depending on what state they worked in. Maine ranked at the top of states with the highest number of workplace incidents that were serious enough to require days of job transfer or restriction. Pennsylvania came in at No. 4 for frequency of serious incidents.

Worker crushed in Pennsylvania mining accident

Pennsylvania and federal authorities are investigating an accident at a Greene County coal mine that sent one worker to the hospital. A 35-year-old contractor was injured on the job when an empty rock dust platform fell off its supply car and landed on him, crushing him below the waist. The worker suffered a fractured pelvis and internal bleeding and was transported to a Morgantown hospital for surgery. The injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

Injured Pennsylvania worker's lawsuit moves through courts

A Pennsylvania man's lawsuit for compensation for workplace injuries is headed back to state court after a recent ruling by a federal judge. The injured man's lawyers had sought the return of his lawsuit to the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court because complete diversity was not present. While granting the victim's motion, the judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied the defendants' request to dismiss claims against them.

Lawsuit gaining momentum following building collapse

A lawsuit filed against a Philadelphia contractor involved in a recent building collapse has been picking up steam as the rescue operation slows down. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Salvation Army worker who was buried under rubble when a building wall being torn down next door collapsed and crashed down onto the thrift store. Since the suit was filed, another plaintiff, a thrift store customer, has joined the suit. In total, six people died and 13 were injured in the workplace accident.

On-the-job deaths exceed 50,000 per year

The AFL-CIO released a report at the beginning of May that indicated about 13 people died on the job each day in 2011. In addition, work-related illnesses claimed the lives about 137 individuals per day during the same year. The number of fatalities on the job initially declined after the enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. However, that number has leveled out in the past three years.

Fracking jobs may increase lung cancer risk

People in Pennsylvania have been hearing about the environmental dangers of fracking for some time, but few realize that the danger for workers is not limited to eco-damage. A dangerous type of workplace injury in fracking operations is the penetration of lung tissue by fine sand particles called silica. This can lead to an incurable disease known as silicosis. It may also lead to lung cancer.The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health or NIOSH recently conducted a study that involves 11 fracking sites in Pennsylvania and other states. At each of the sites, the researchers found elevated levels of silica in the atmosphere, and 79 percent of these levels exceeded established safety standards. At every site, workers wore respirators, but the researchers were concerned that silica levels were so high at one-third of the sites that the types of respirators in use would not provide enough protection for employees.

Fracking industry brings silicone exposure to the forefront

One workplace safety expert recently observed fracking in person and saw huge amounts of silica dust swirling in the air around workers. The silica is a result of workers drilling into the rock with a combination of water, chemicals and sand to extract oil and gas. Sand and silica have long been known to cause serious workplace injuries such as lung disease and cancer. In industries such as mining, manufacturing and construction, workers have traditionally suffered from silica exposure, but with the recent rise in fracking, safety experts are realizing the dangers of this new industry. While the safety expert initially planned to assess the impact of chemicals in the fracking field, he quickly saw that he needed to focus on the dangers of the dust instead. As he traveled to 11 sites in five states across the nation, he collected air contaminated by silica dust. He found that the dust levels were 79 percent above the recommended maximum limit set by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The industry has been difficult to monitor because businesses quickly set up the drilling for the wells and then go on to the next location.

OSHA sets rules to inspire safer workplace for railroad workers

The tune of "I've been working on the railroad" makes working for a railway sound like a joyful, carefree time. Just like any job, however, the industry comes with its particular workplace safety threats. Just like any industry, its workers have the right to report job-related injuries and unsafe work conditions without fear of retaliation.

OSHA: Pennsylvania hospital workers need violence protection, too

When dealing with persons who are vulnerable, such those who are physically or mentally ill or developmentally disabled, it is natural for caregivers put their well-being ahead of their own. However, there can be times when the efforts made to keep these populations safe may put those caregivers in danger themselves. This was the determination of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) when they investigated a Pennsylvania psychiatric clinic where a gunman shot six people last year. While OSHA recognizes the importance of patient safety, they assert that the safety of workers, and even visitors to the hospital, cannot be ignored. The hospital administration disagrees with the findings, which offered suggestions, but did not actually issue citations to the facility. The hospital is spending $10 million to upgrade security.

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