A worker at a Lycoming County, PA lumber company was killed on February 14 while he was fixing a piece of equipment. According to WNEP, when the machine stopped, he fatally injured himself trying to repair it.
The fatal workplace accident will be investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which regulates all workplaces in the United States to prevent dangerous working conditions. They inspect work environments for hazards relating to building codes, equipment maintenance, ventilation, and much more.
Unfortunately, machinery accidents are not uncommon in the workplace. In 2009, 414 workers were killed by being struck by an object or equipment and 112 were caught in running equipment or machinery.
If machinery is not designed or manufactured properly, it may result in very serious machinery accidents, which often include crane accidents; fork lift accidents; missing or faulty safety switches on machines; workers losing fingers, hands, or arms while working on lathes, slicers, mills, rollers and other equipment; machinery backing over workers; malfunctioning or poorly maintained equipment that causes injury or death; and many other types of accidents caused by a wide range of machinery and equipment.
If you were severely injured in a machinery accident in PA or if a loved one was killed while at work, you would be well-advised to contact an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney. In these types of workplace accidents, if it is determined that an employer’s negligence directly contributed to the machinery accident, you may be entitled to receive damages, and the skilled lawyers at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP may be able to help. Call us today for a free consultation.