Work-Related Deaths Archives

What are the 'Fatal Four' in workplace deaths?

Manual workers in Pennsylvania today have access to unprecedented technology and worker tools on the job. So why are so many workplace deaths still occurring? One industry in particular has a track record of a high fatality rate. Construction workers are subject to a relatively dangerous job that can leave them injured or even killed. These injuries are made all the more serious when they are due to employer negligence.

21-year old worker dies in trench collapse near Pittsburgh

Within the workplace, one usually achieves a sense of comfort and safety, especially after working at a particular job for a certain amount of time. Once a person is familiar with her work tasks, knows what is expected of her and is familiar with her co-workers, a person tends to settle in.

Moving toward recovery after the death of a loved one

The loss of a loved one is almost always a tragic experience. It can be even more tragic when that loss occurs in an environment that is, for all practical purposes, meant to be safe. The families left behind after a loved one has passed away due to a work incident often have a large burden to carry. This burden may be the driving force behind many families' decision to seek reparations for their loved one's untimely death.

What is my employer doing to keep me safe in the workplace?

All employees in Pennsylvania and across the United States have the right to work in an environment free of known dangers. Whether employees are working with hazardous materials nearby, with powerful machinery or any other potential danger, employees should know that safeguards are in place to protect them.

Pennsylvania man electrocuted in work accident at a mall

Work-related deaths can be difficult to deal with, as they are often unexpected. When one heads out the door on their way to work in the morning, no one expects that the person will never return. One recent death in Pennsylvania highlights just how random such deaths can be.

How should employers protect workers from fatal falls?

Depending on the industry, workers in Pennsylvania can face a variety of hazards. However, one of the most common hazards is from falls. Even a fall from a short distance can be extremely dangerous for workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, falls are one of the most common causes of fatal workplace accidents. Because of the seriousness of workplace falls, many Pennsylvania workers may wonder -- how do employers need to protect workers from the risk of falls in the workplace?

Most common causes of workplace deaths and injuries

Although stress is often associated with a hard day's work, other unfortunate situations can also happen in Pennsylvania and throughout the entire United States. Injuries and workplace deaths are always a possibility if negligence occurs, particularly if there is a lack of safety policies in place or if safety measures are not followed properly. A research institute recently released its findings on the most common workplace injuries that occurred in 2012 and the fatal accidents that happened in road construction areas.

Are Pennsylvania agricultural workers prone to workplace deaths?

A lot of Pennsylvanians will point to the construction industry as one of, if not the most, dangerous work industries. Although it is true that construction has its share of risks that can cause injuries and workplace deaths, Pennsylvanians may be surprised to know that agriculture also ranks high in terms of fatalities and injuries. This, of course, is bad news for the over 1.8 million agricultural workers who work in Pennsylvania and across the United States.

How can Pennsylvania workers safely use heavy machinery?

Construction workers are arguably society's backbone. The construction of Pennsylvania roads, schools, bridges and houses would not have been possible if not for their contributions. Despite their contributions to society, people often forget that these workers are always in peril. Construction is one of the most dangerous industries to work in and heavy machinery is often the cause of injuries and workplace deaths. This, of course, is a problem because heavy machinery is essential in construction. However, there are ways to prevent workplace injuries and fatalities.

Going the extra mile for workplace death cases

Annually, a considerable number of workers in Pennsylvania, as well as in the rest of the nation, lose their lives in the workplace. Although many of these deaths are caused by accidents, some workplace deaths are due to employer negligence, which makes them preventable in the first place. A victim's family can be devastated by the loss of a loved one. However, they can also suffer financial injuries, especially when an employer is not held accountable for their negligence. Our law firm can help families during this crucial time.

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