A workplace accident can happen at any moment. Even workers in Pennsylvania who follow all safety recommendations sometimes find themselves in surprising situations. Unfortunately, one out-of-state man is recovering from a serious work injury following an accident that some sources call "unusual."
All jobs hold some degree of risk. However, there are those that are more risky than others, especially a job that requires a worker to spend a great deal of time traveling on interstates. Unfortunately, one man was recently involved in a fiery crash in Pennsylvania that caused a fatal work injury. .
When designing construction projects in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, planners must consider potential safety hazards. By addressing the risks during the planning phase, employees arrive on the building site with full knowledge of the risks and training to prevent work injury. Sadly, this rarely happens, and the consequences are often devastating.
Sometimes, employees in Pennsylvania spend only part of their time at the premises of employers, and the rest of the time working from home. This often brings up the question about eligibility for workers' compensation benefits in the event of an injury while working from home. In some cases, such claims can be challenging to navigate.
According to the Department of Labor, hearing loss in workers accounts for $242 million in worker's compensation benefits paid out per year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the fact that about 22 million workers are exposed to dangerous occupational noise levels annually makes hearing loss the most common work injury. Although a wide range of occupations poses these hazards, workers in the mining, manufacturing and construction industries are the most likely victims of hearing disabilities.
Logging is a highly hazardous industry that has claimed the lives of many workers in Pennsylvania and other states. A recent incident claimed the life of a 44-year-old logger who suffered a fatal work injury when a falling tree struck him. The on-the-job accident occurred in Fulton County on a recent Monday.
Pennsylvania farmers and their employees are at risk of suffering serious injuries during their normal activities on a daily basis. Farming is known to be an occupation in which people are exposed to potential life-threatening hazards. Although farmers typically know the dangers posed by particular tasks, they may not spare the time to take precautions that can avoid a work injury.
Two contractors in Pennsylvania recently faced the wrath of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA found that the willful disregard of workers' safety by these companies were unacceptable. This followed an inspection at a construction site after the agency received complaints about unsafe work conditions with a high probability of a work injury. Penalties of $136,390 were issued to the companies. Both are reportedly known for prioritizing profits over safety.
The stubborn refusal of a construction company to protect its workers has earned it the title of a serial violator. This was reported by the regional administrator of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Pennsylvania. Inspections at three of the company's construction sites -- one in Perkasie and two in another state -- resulted in 20 citations for safety violations that can lead to employees being injured on the job.
Health care workers in medical facilities nationwide, including in Pennsylvania, have to face multiple safety hazards on a daily basis. A hospital in another state was the subject of an inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that started in Sept. 2015 and ended in Feb. 2016. Inspectors determined that the employers showed total disregard to the potential of workers being injured on the job.