In a lot of industries, workplace accidents are a fairly common occurrence.
This may be because the conditions faced by employees of the industry
are inherently dangerous, such as working in a coal mine, or because the
machinery used by the industry is hazardous. Nevertheless, the mere fact
that an industry may be naturally dangerous does not excuse companies
from Pennsylvania or anywhere else from failing to abide by appropriate
safety standards. Moreover, when an employee isinjured at work, that person is entitled to workers' compensation regardless if the
accident happens in an office setting or in an industrial plant.
In July of this year, a 51-year-old man was killed in an industrial accident
at a rail-car parts company in Pittsburgh. Details regarding the circumstances
of that particular accident were not available, but two more people were
injured in a furnace explosion at the same plant on the afternoon of Oct.
24. Fortunately, both men were reportedly in good condition at an area hospital.
The latest incident took place at McConway & Torley, and while the
pattern of accidents does not necessarily indicate a failure by the plant
to abide by safety standards, it does raise questions. Regardless, both
men should begin receiving workers' compensation for their injuries
as they recover. The compensation can help them pay for medical bills
and make up for lost wages.
In fact, any Pennsylvania employee injured at work should know his or her
rights with respect to workers' compensation. To achieve the best
possible outcome in what may be a painful situation, injured workers should
do everything legally in their power to ensure the proper and timely filing
of documents necessary to collect the maximum amount of compensation available.
Source: abc27.com, "2 injured in western Pa. industrial furnace blast,"
Oct. 25, 2011