In Pennsylvania, injured workers have rights. No one should be subject to
injury or death simply for doing his or her job. It is the employer's responsibility
to provide a safe working environment. When they do not and their inaction
leads to injured workers, then a worker has the right to sue that employer
On Dec. 10 of this year, at about 8 p.m., a Marcellus Shale worker had
his hand crushed in an industrial accident that occurred at a natural
gas site. The site is in Blair County and is associated with Ray Anthony
International. The injured worker and his wife are suing Ray Anthony International
and one of its employees in Johnstown US District Court.
According to the lawsuit, the man was attempting to bolt an 18,000-pound
flange onto a wellhead. A crane was being used to move the massive flange.
As the man was attempting to move a hose out of the way, the crane operator
dropped the flange, thus smashing the man's hand. As a result of his
injury, the man suffered from gangrene and had to have several fingers
As if losing his dominant hand were not enough, the attorneys who are representing
the defendants report that Ray Anthony International filed for bankruptcy
three months before the accident occurred. How this will play out in regards
to the injured worker's lawsuit remains to be seen.
Pennsylvania takes any work-related injury seriously. Workers who are injured
on the job are often entitled to damages, which may include compensation
for medical expenses, death benefits and other forms of compensation.
While money alone will not change the victim's injury or bring back
the deceased, it can help to pay for the many costs associated with workplace
accidents. Seeking experienced legal counsel is one way to help ensure
the best outcome possible.
Source: Tribune-Democrat, "Gas-drilling worker sues over job injury,"
Bernie Hornick, Oct. 13, 2011