Leroy Township Drilling Accident Injures Worker
According to this article on thedailyreview.com, a rig worker was injured on July 26 at the Chesapeake Energy Corp. in Leroy Township, PA.
The injury happened during a drilling operation at the site. Although the injury was not life threatening, the worker had to be taken by emergency helicopter to a hospital.
Working at a natural gas rig is a dangerous job. According to the CDC, increases in oil and gas extraction activity were correlated with an increase in the rate of fatal occupational injuries in this industry, with an annual fatality rate of 30.5 per 100,000 workers (404 fatalities) during 2003--2006, approximately seven times the rate for all workers (4.0 per 100,000 workers). Researchers and public health officials should collaborate with industry groups to establish engineering and process controls that remove workers from potentially dangerous machinery while drilling and servicing oil and gas wells.
The worker who suffered from the PA workplace accident would be well advised to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can carefully examine the incident to identify any negligence or wrongdoing. If it is determined that a contractor, a sub-contractor, or even the manufacturer of a defective product was responsible for the accident and any injuries, then they could be held liable.
Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential workers’ compensation claim. The dedicated Pennsylvania workers’ comp lawyers at Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you to help pay medical bills, physical therapy, loss of work and more.