Workers in construction zones along Pennsylvania highways are exposed to multiple safety hazards, and reports of on-the-job injuries are not uncommon. In many cases, such injuries are caused by negligent or distracted drivers. An investigation into a recent work injury that was allegedly caused by a dump truck operator was launched by the Pennsylvania State Police.
Pennsylvania workers have certain basic rights related to workplace safety. However, some may not know what those rights are, and what level of compensation to expect if they are injured on the job. Many victims of workplace injuries do not know where to start or what the workers' compensation claims process entails.
Falls from scaffolds are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and even deaths. Employers who violate the strict safety regulations that are prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration put the lives of their workers on the line, creating conditions for a potential work injury. In addition to ensuring that all materials used to construct a scaffolding structure are of the required standard, workers must be provided with fall protection and trained to operate the protection equipment in the proper way.
Health care workers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are exposed to numerous safety hazards, and some are even life-threatening. One of the great dangers health care workers face is violence. This has received a substantial amount of attention from authorities lately, as multiple workers across the country have been injured on the job in incidents that involved violence. The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission recently affirmed a previous finding that a health management company's failure to protect one of its workers against violence resulted in her death.
A seemingly preventable accident recently claimed the life of a Pennsylvania tree-trimmer and caused severe work injury to another. A 53-year-old worker was at ground level while another worker was elevated in a bucket that was fitted to the boom of a service truck. For reasons yet to be determined, the boom malfunctioned, causing the bucket to drop and strike and kill the worker on the ground. The man in the bucket at the time of the malfunction suffered a work injury and was rushed to the hospital by helicopter.
Workers in various industries in Pennsylvania are exposed to a myriad of toxic chemicals on a daily basis. The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulates permissible exposure limits (PELs) of about 300 hazardous chemicals. However, those represent only a small percentage of toxic substances that can cause a work injury.
Many workers in Pennsylvania and other states suffer injuries in struck-by accidents that are caused by vehicles. In many such accidents, vehicles on the work site are involved, such as yard trucks, cranes, forklifts or other industrial equipment. However, sanitation workers are often injured on the job while working at other locations.
An atomic power plant worker in Pennsylvania claims to have suffered severe injuries when he was knocked out by an office refrigerator in October of last year. The 26-year-old worker is pursuing a claim for compensation and recently appeared before a judge in a workers' compensation hearing. The outcome of the hearing is currently pending.
Pennsylvania employers have a duty to ensure that their workers are not exposed to known safety hazards. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations for all industries. Unfortunately, according to OSHA, there are certain safety violations that bring about more citations than any others. These high-risk violations involve the failure of company owners to protect workers against moving machine parts, and they may lead to multiple cases of work injury, and even fatalities.
Despite regulations and safety programs at construction sites in Pennsylvania, workplace accidents frequently occur. Company owners are responsible for the safety of each worker and avoiding a work injury by following regulations as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Safe tools, equipment and surroundings, and a workplace free of hazards could prevent most on-the-job injuries.