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What are the most common types of construction accidents?

In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that one in five worker deaths resulted from construction accidents. Of those construction deaths, more than half resulted from just four causes: falls, electrocution, being struck by an object, and caught-in/between hazards. Caught-in/between hazards include instances where a worker is caught in a cave-in, or pulled into machinery or gets compressed between two heavy objects. OSHA states that eliminating those "fatal four" causes would save 508 worker lives each year. 

In addition to the "fatal four", OSHA also cites the "top ten" standards cited in 2014, reflecting dangers in the workplace:

  1. Protection against falls
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolding requirements
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Industrial trucks
  6. Hazardous energy sources
  7. Ladders
  8. Electrical and wiring
  9. Machinery and guarding
  10. Electrical systems design

Workers in dangerous jobs can sue third parties

A group of California firefighters is suing the Santa Clara Waste Water Co. over injuries they received while responding to a chemical explosion at the plant. An article reporting on the lawsuit says the firefighters suffered pulmonary and other injuries after battling a chemical explosion that the company's lawyer is characterizing as an industrial accident. The lawsuit alleges that the plant's employees were negligent in assuring the firefighters that the facility was safe to enter. 

Firefighters face dangerous conditions as a prerequisite of the job. But that doesn't mean they are invincible, have no limits or take no precautions. What is in question in this case is not the fact that the conditions were dangerous, but rather the possibility that plant employees negligently gave assurances to firefighters that conditions were safe, while knowing that they were not. 

Another FedEx worker dies in work accident

It is that heartwarming time of year, when we see more FedEx and UPS trucks on the roads. With the holidays having arrived, family and friends are sending each other gifts to show their love and appreciation. With this happy time of year, however, come some risks for accidents.

Behind every FedEx package you receive is a job, and workers who dedicate the precious hours of their days to serving the needs of people not only in Pennsylvania but across the world. One worker who helped FedEx deliver its services lost his life earlier this week. Now his work accident is under investigation.

Another "serial infector," Elet Neilson, follows steps of David Kwiatkowski

As the saying goes, "history repeats itself." In June, we wrote an article about an interview that was done with the imprisoned "serial infector," David Kwiatkowski. If you'll recall, Kwiatkowski is serving a 39-year sentence for infecting nearly fifty people with the hepatitis C virus after intravenously injecting the painkiller fentanyl, then swapping saline back into the tubes and having the needles re-used on patients. In the article were detailed accounts of his drinking and drug use, stemming all the way back since he was sixteen until he attempted suicide and was finally arrested just a few years ago.

Chemical fire spurs neighborhood evacuation, injures workers

A group of residents in Allegheny County was ushered out of their more than 70 homes on Tuesday morning. Imagine their shock as emergency officials roused them out their beds, interrupted their breakfasts and morning routines. Imagine the fear they likely felt when officials informed them that the air circulating through their homes and neighborhood was toxic.

What caused the rapid emergency response? It was a chemical fire at a nearby warehouse. The fire at the Lubrizol Corp.’s Oilfield Chemistry started in the late morning when workers were handling hydraulic fracturing chemicals. They were pouring them into a production tank when the fire broke out.

Unknown and known in tractor-trailer crashes

The coverage of the recent crash involving a tractor-trailer and a pick-up was scant. Just one Pennsylvania TV station covered the deadly collision and its report lasted just a few seconds. Media interest in these violent events is limited, though a few familiar details emerged in this case.

The driver of the pick-up died in the early morning crash, trapped inside what remained of his mangled vehicle. He was 66 years old. The brief video aired of the scene showed the smaller vehicle had been torn apart in the crash, with its back end twisted and pointing skyward.

More than 2,000 patients exposed to Hepatitis C at Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Utah

Our firm is now reviewing cases for those who may have been exposed to Hepatitis C while being treated at Davis Hospital and Medical Center.

The current investigation into how a patient at McKay-Dee Hospital became infected with the Hepatitis C virus has now widened its gaze to a second hospital. Layton, Utah's Davis Hospital and Medical Center, just a few miles south of Ogden, Utah-based McKay-Dee Hospital, is sending notices to 2369 patients to inform them that they may have been exposed to Hepatitis C. This would bring the total number of potentially exposed patients in the Salt Lake City metro area to around 7200.

Work-related illness claims more difficult than injury claims

Workers' compensation was set up during a time when most work injuries were trauma-related. Today, deaths from occupational illness far outnumber deaths from work injuries. But the system often fails workers who become ill at work because of acute or chronic exposure to a toxin or other dangerous work condition. 

Part of the problem is that the nature of illness related to toxic exposure doesn't always cooperate with regulations governing workers' compensation claims. An exposure-related illness could take years for symptoms to manifest, at which time the statute of limitations to file a claim may have run out. 

Nearly 5000 Utah hospital patients at McKay-Dee may have been exposed to Hepatitis C

In a recent interview, ABC news reported that one of the five thousand, a high school senior in Utah, and his mother are extremely fearful pending the results of his Hepatitis C test. The test was administered after the young man became aware through a letter that a nurse at the hospital had been diverting a type of morphine for her own personal use that was meant to be disposed. The crimes occurred at McKay-Dee Hospital

How do I know if my workplace violates OSHA regulations?

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) of the United States Department of Labor protects American workers' right to work environment where they are unlikely to be seriously hurt or killed by a known hazard. To that end, OSHA has regulations and standards in place that outline safety requirements for various types of workplaces, including construction, general industrial, agricultural and maritime work sites. 

In general, employers are required to warn employees of hazards in the workplace by providing adequate training and information, and by having alarms, color-coded warning systems and other precautions in place to prevent accidents and injuries. Specific regulations for construction sites and other types of workplaces can be found on the on the OSHA web site

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