Pennsylvania, like many states graced by the mountain ranges of the eastern U.S., is no stranger to heavy industry and the accidents that can result when safety and care are overlooked. There are a lot of state and federal regulations in place aimed at trying to make the work environment safe and thus avoid workplace accidents.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor announced figures on the number of people around the country who were killed in workplace accidents during 2011. While even one workplace death is one too many, the report shows some encouraging trends about the safety of our jobs in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Not only did the number of fatal accidents drop in absolute terms when compared to 2010, but the ratio of deadly injuries to workers also fell.
A 29-year-old construction worker lost his life recently in Pennsylvania. He was working on a construction project that involved widening a Pennsylvania highway from two lanes to five.
While summertime in Philadelphia is an occasion for high school and college students to enjoy a well-deserved break from their studies, it is also a time for some to pick up a temporary job to earn money for the coming academic year. Many teenagers and young adults may find themselves in unfamiliar work environments, however, some of which carry the risk of workplace accidents.
Pennsylvania workers know that construction sites have the potential to injure and even kill those who work in them. Over the years, the construction industry has adopted a number of measures designed to improve workplace safety and reduce the number of workplace accidents. Unfortunately, proper safety standards are not always observed, and officials are investigating whether improper maintenance could have been the cause of a crane collapse that killed a construction worker this week.
As children, we may have seen downed power lines around our Pennsylvania neighborhoods. Our parents wisely cautioned us to stay away from them. Live wires can pose a significant risk to the health and life of anyone who comes into contact with them. Telecommunications workers operate around power lines every day, but usually are kept free from harm through proper safety measures. Employees have the right to expect that their employers are following applicable safety measures. The death of one worker illustrates how quickly things can go wrong when correct procedures are not observed.
Pennsylvania readers know that construction sites have the distinct potential to be a hazardous working environment. Workers often have to deal with heavy machinery, large quantities of raw materials and open floors that can lead to falls. While construction companies and their workers usually take proper safety precautions, accidents still can happen.