Lawsuit Brought Against Power Piping Co. Following Explosion Accident
Several U.S. steel workers have filed lawsuits against Power Piping Co. after a July 14 explosion at the Steel Corp’s Clariton Coke works. According to an article in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the explosion injured 20 people. The lawsuits claims that Power Piping created unsafe working conditions. The US Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still investigating the explosion.
OSHA routinely inspects all kinds of work environments for hazards relating to building codes, equipment maintenance, ventilation and more. They have the power to regulate workplaces for dangerous conditions. OSHA also maintains resources at its website for workers to use if they see dangers in their places of work. The regulations put in place by OSHA can be a significant part of a work injury claim if the agency did not catch an unaddressed safety issue prior to an injury. Pennsylvania work injury lawyers such as those at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP know about OSHA statutes and their relevance to cases in which workers suffer injury on the job.
Steel workers were among the occupation groups with a high number of fatalities. In 2008, there were about 46 fatalities per 100,000 workers. The Bureau of Labor statistics reported that the number of fatal work injuries involving fires and explosions went up 14 % from 2007 to 2008. And, there were 173 deaths caused by fires or explosions in 2008.
If you have been injured in a Pennsylvania workplace explosion, you would be well advised to seek the advice of an experienced worker’s compensation attorney. They can file a third party claim against a negligent party other than their employer, which includes contractors, sub-contractors or the manufacturers of defective products.
Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP place a great emphasis on serious personal injuries sustained in a work environment. Please call today for a free consultation.