Workers in Pittsburgh know that using dangerous equipment is often part
of the job. Skilled employees who have been given proper safety training
can usually avoid being
injured on the job, but sometimes dealing with an especially dangerous tool can result in
an unpredictable and even life-threatening accident.
Recently, a worker using a chainsaw in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville area
suffered an injury to his face when the tool he was using kicked back
and struck him. The man was working at the former Iron City Brewery when
the accident occurred.
A local news report did not indicate whether investigators from the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration were called to the scene, nor was the
man's condition disclosed other than that he had suffered cuts to his face.
Allegheny County emergency responders arrived at the building on Liberty
Avenue and transported the worker to the hospital.
Whether or not the accident was caused by a defect in the chainsaw was
also not made clear.
Under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, workers can receive
benefits to help cover lost wages and medical bills if an injury happens
on the job. Such costs to workers can add up quickly. The man who was
recently injured by a chainsaw may well have grounds to pursue workers'
compensation benefits, and to make navigating the complex application
process easier, he may seek the guidance of a legal professional who focuses
on workers' compensation law. Many people are denied benefits after
filing a workers' comp claim, and seeking professional advice often
proves to be the most expedient way of obtaining much needed benefits.
Source: wtae.com, "Chainsaw Injures Worker At Old Iron City Brewery,"
Feb. 3, 2012