Workplace injuries are much more common than they should be. Sometimes
these injuries are caused purely by accident, and sometimes they are caused
by unsafe work conditions. Recently in Pennsylvania, an
industrial accident left a man five feet underground and buried from waist to neck in a pile
of gravel that had collapsed on a job site.
Early in the morning on July 13, there was a gravel clog in a piece of
machinery at a Pennsylvania industrial plant. The employee was walking
around trying to observe what was causing the clog when the ground beneath
him gave way and sucked him down into a pit.
He was five feet underground with gravel surrounding his body up to his
neck, while his legs dangled below him. It took over 50 individuals two
hours to rescue the man and free him from the gravel. The rescuers had
to be extremely careful not to remove the gravel in such a way that would
cause worker to be buried deeper.
Luckily, the man was able to escape with only minor injuries. He wanted
to walk away from the accident, but officials opted instead to take him
to the hospital as a precautionary measure. It is always important to
see a doctor after a work accident, even if the injuries seem minor, as
some symptoms or ailments may not surface until later.
No matter what causes a workplace accident, when an individual is injured
on the job, he or she may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.
Under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, injured employees
are able to recover compensation for medical and rehabilitation bills,
lost wages and other expenses incurred as a result of a work-related injury.
Although compensation cannot always immediately put the victim of an accident
back to their pre-injury standard of life, workers' comp benefits
can make the aftermath of the accident easier to handle.
Source: Your News Now, "Man rescued after industrial plant accident," Bill Mich, July 13, 2012