Previous posts here have discussed the dangers involved in certain lines
of work. There have also been many postings that have discussed an employer's
responsibility to take reasonably appropriate action to ensure their employees
are working in as safe an environment as possibly in an effort to prevent
In addition to employers taking action to ensure workplace safety, there
are often research projects that are initiated to determine not only what
factors are driving an injury at work but also what can be done to move
toward eliminating these factors and ensure less people are injured on
the job. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have recently received
a grant from the Alpha Foundation to study mine safety, health and training.
The dangers faced by steelworkers daily when they head to their jobs have
been discussed in previous posts. But this safety focus has come just
three years after a mine explosion in a nearby state that killed 29 individuals
and injured two others. The company that acquired the mine reached a non-prosecution
agreement and part of that agreement funded the Alpha Foundation, which
is now awarding grants for this safety research.
Although this research will hopefully improve workplace safety for steelworkers,
accidents still happen and employers must carry the required insurance
to cover the medical expenses and other financial hardships that arise
for an injured employee and their family as a result of such a tragic
occurrence. An employee who is injured or killed while performing responsibilities
is entitled to recover workers' compensation benefits.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Pitt, WVU, USW get mine safety study grants from Alpha Foundation," Kaitlynn Riely, Sept. 30, 2013