Train yard employees work in extremely dangerous conditions every day.
A recent accident involving a train car resulted in an employee being
injured at work and sent to a trauma and burn center in Pittsburgh.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating
the accident, which involved a tank car. Although OSHA did not categorize
it as an explosion, the organization believes it is possible the employee
was exposed to a hazardous substance. The good news is that only one person
suffered from a work-related injury caused by this incident.
As OSHA investigates the cause of the accident, their determinations may
or may not lead to a monetary penalty for the employer. If OSHA finds
that the employer failed to do something or did something wrong, the employer
could find themselves owing up to $7,000 in fines.
The company has one previous OSHA violation on its record. The violation
was for an "other than serious hazard communication" issue.
Even though the employee's injury in this case was not serious, he
still may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Under Pennsylvania
law, when an employee is injured at work, they are entitled to file a
claim to recover monetary compensation for their injuries. This compensation
can cover a variety of costs, but it most commonly covers medical expenses
and lost wages.
If an injury is more serious, a workers' compensation claim may provide
for benefits to cover temporary or permanent disability. And in certain
situations where an accident is fatal, the family of the worker may be
able to recover death expenses and pain and suffering through workers'
Source: Altoona Mirror, "Worker injured at Union Tank Car," William Kibler, Jan. 10, 2013