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Last week was tough for Philadelphia area workers. In the span of only three days, there were three serious work accidents in the Philadelphia area, two of which resulted in fatalities. The condition of a worker in the third accident remains unknown.
April 16, 2015 – King of Prussia Work Accident Results in Death
The deadly trio of accidents started last week when a worker at the King of Prussia Mall construction site came into contact with a live wire. Workers were in a scissor lift cutting electric cables at the site when one of the workers was electrocuted. Two other workers suffered injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
April 17, 2015 – University City Worker Killed After 80 Foot Fall at Construction Site
The next day, a worker in the University City section of Philadelphia was killed when he fell roughly 80 feet at a worksite. It’s unclear how the accident occurred or whether the worker was using personal protective equipment (i.e., fall protection gear).
April 18, 2015 – Worker Electrocuted in North Philly Work Accident
The following day, a third work accident occurred in North Philadelphia. A worker in a cherry picker was shocked when he came into contact with a live wire. A cherry picker truck is also known as a buck truck or basket crane truck. These trucks have long arms which carry a platform for workers to stand on. The worker was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital. His condition is unknown.
Source: http://6abc.com (Worker dies after electrical accident at King of Prussia Mall; Worker dies after 80 foot fall in University City; Worker shocked in construction accident in North Philadelphia)
Work Accidents & OSHA
The federal government’s Occupation Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is tasked with regulating the vast majority of worksites across the country, including construction sites in the PA and NJ area. Almost every aspect of construction activity is regulated including electric safety and fall protection. Employers are required to comply with various OSHA regulations. The unfortunate reality is that oftentimes, workers are injured when employers fail to comply with applicable OSHA regulations.
Preventing Work Accidents in Pennsylvania
The vast majority of work accidents in Pennsylvania are preventable. Oftentimes an injured worker’s family bears the brunt of the costs of work accidents; many families suffer serious financial strain. This is especially true when a work accident results in a fatality.
Workers put their lives on the line each day, and it is the employer’s job to follow the law and operate a worksite in a reasonably safe manner. Employers, especially in the construction industry, must take workplace safety seriously.
Related Work Accident Legal Articles:
- Cranes and Lifts on Construction Sites – Electric Shocks at Heights (August 3, 2013) Working at any height can be dangerous due to the simple fact that workers at heights are often exposed to live, energized wires.
- Construction Accidents in PA & NJ – General Contractor Liability (October 17, 2013) Construction and worksite safety is the single most important factor in preventing major accidents, and on large worksites, general safety obligations fall on the general contractor or the prime contractor.
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