Many residents of Pennsylvania have likely heard of the popular sweet treats
known as marshmallow Peeps, Mike and Ikes, Zours and Hot Tamales. However,
when they think about those candies, they do not likely think that people
may be injured in the production process. However, that seems to be a
possibility after a worker was recently injured while working at a marshmallow
Peeps plant in Pennsylvania.
According to the corporate affairs manager at the candy company, the worker was
injured at work, but the extent of her injuries remains unknown. It has been reported
that the injury occurred when the woman fell on a conveyor belt while
working, and injured her leg. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
As is typical when an employee is injured on the job, the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has initiated an investigation
into this matter. Depending upon the outcome of this investigation, the
employer may be fined for things such as not providing appropriate training
for its employees, not taking reasonably necessary steps to provide a
safe workplace or other circumstances. However, nothing has been determined
yet in this case and the employer will need to wait for the results of
the OSHA investigation.
In addition to the OSHA investigation, when an employee is injured on the
job, he or she typically is eligible to file a claim to receive workers'
compensation benefits. The majority of employers in Pennsylvania are required
to carry the appropriate workers' compensation insurance so that they
can compensate an employee when he or she is injured on the job.
The most common types of compensation that would be included in this recovery
include lost wages and medical expenses. The less common types of recovery,
which depend largely upon the nature of the injury, include pain and suffering
and funeral expenses in the case of a fatal injury.
Source: Fox News, "Worker at marshmallow Peeps plant in Pa. suffers minor injury after falling
on conveyor belt," Sept. 4, 2013