A job is a source of both income and pride for a Pittsburg resident. As such, individuals pour their hearts and souls into the work that they do so that they can do their best and provide for the ones they love. Many individuals work for decades in careers they enjoy and retire when they are financially able to live out their lives without the regular income of a job.
All across the state new buildings, residential communities, and office parks are popping up. Pennsylvanians may visit towns they have not been to in several years only to find that new structures have appeared and changed the layouts of the communities that they once knew. All of the new growth and expansion can be credited to the hard work of men and women who are employed in the construction field.
It takes many people to efficiently locate, package, send and deliver the millions of Amazon packages that travel across the country each year. In fact, the online mega-site maintains warehouses across the nation so that it may respond to its buyers' needs in the timeliest manner possible. One of those warehouses is located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and just last month a tragedy occurred within the facility.
A work-related accident can happen to any person who does a job for pay. Office workers, construction workers and workers in all other fields are subject to hazards and dangers whenever they undertake the responsibilities of their work-related tasks. While most Pennsylvania employers take proactive steps to make sure the people who work for them are kept as safe as possible, fatal accidents on worksites still happen, and when they do, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is contacted to complete an investigation.
According to the Department of Labor, more than 4,800 Americans died in work-related accidents during the 2015 calendar year, and some of those tragic losses occurred right here in Pennsylvania. Although some occupations suffer higher work-related deaths than others, any person can be involved in a fatal incident while performing the duties of his or her job.
People's jobs are their means of earning a stable income and providing for themselves and their families. Without a job, a Pittsburgh resident may lack the capacity to keep a roof overhead, put food on the table, or keep the kids in clothing throughout the year. Because jobs play a significant role in the health of Pennsylvania families, many people are willing to put in long hours and take on occupational burdens to keep their employment.
Throughout western Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh and the greater Pittsburgh area, there are always construction projects going on. Whether it is residential homes being built or upgraded, new commercial stores or malls being built, or the ever-changing industrial fields trying to adapt to new technologies and changes in demands; construction throughout the United States will always exist.
Like most other people throughout the country, people in the Pittsburgh area will never forget the incredible heroism of hundreds of first responders on that fateful day of 9/11. New York City firefighter Raymond J. Pfeifer was not working on that beautiful autumn Tuesday morning; he was enjoying a round of golf with fellow firefighters. But when he learned of the plane crash, they immediately ended their round and headed right for ground zero.
"Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee," runs a well-known line from literature. This year, on May first, however, the bell in nearby Pennsylvania steel town rang to remember workers who died on the job. That date, or 'May Day,' as it is often known, is generally considered a day to celebrate the achievements and consider the plight of men and women who do blue collar or manual labor. Unfortunately, for many of these workers, the very thing that gives them their livelihood also presents them with potentially fatal dangers.
Many of us in modern society take our safety for granted. Because many of our daily activities are routine, and seem to involve little risk, we may have a sense of security as we go about completion of our tasks. Life wasn't always this way, of course, and prior generations may have had more risk involved in their routines. This is still the case in some occupations, as while injury and death can happen anywhere, certain industries are more dangerous than others.