Buck's County Steel Plant Accident Kills Worker
Dieu V. Nguyen from Lansdale died on October 18 from injuries he suffered the day before while working at Haberle Steel, a Buck’s County steel plant. An article in The Morning Call said that he was injured from being pinned between two sheets of heavy steel stock.
Structural iron and steel workers had a particularly high number of fatalities in 2008 (46 per 100,000). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that there were about 299 deaths caused by being caught or compressed by objects or equipment.
Working at a steel plant is a dangerous job. When employees are dealing with heavy machinery and certain hazardous materials it is so important that the proper safety procedures are implemented.
Creating safe Pennsylvania workplaces is the first step in the reduction of workplace accidents. But if regulations were all it took to prevent on the job injuries and accidents, Pennsylvania employees would be injured very rarely. Both state and federal laws are in place that set strict standards for workplace safety. These rules include requirements for safety equipment; procedures for dealing with heavy objects, machinery or dangerous chemicals; and limitations on how long workers may go without a break. It is the job of the employer to not only adhere to these rules, but also to train their workers in proper safety etiquette and make sure they are aware of the rules and laws that are in place to prevent Pennsylvania workplace accidents from occurring.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a steel plant injury, you would be well advised to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. In most cases, collecting workers’ compensation payments means you may not file a workplace accident lawsuit against your employer. However, in some cases, a third party may be partly responsible for the injury, which is especially common in the construction industry. In that case, you may still file a workplace injury lawsuit while collecting workers’ compensation.
The dedicated and experienced PA work injury lawyers at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you.