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OSHA launches an investigation into a Lancaster worker's death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Monday, July 17, 2017, announced that they are stepping in to investigate the the death of a 47-year-old Landisville man. He was working at Phoenix Packaging Inc. on Saturday morning, July 15, when he became trapped under a heavy lift used in the packaging manufacturer's warehouse. He was killed in the process.Executives with the Mount Joy-based company immediately reported the worker's injuries to the appropriate OSHA authorities as soon as the accident occurred early that fateful Saturday morning. Based on the information provided by his employer, OSHA launched their very own investigation into what occurred.

For it's part, OSHA has declined to comment on the status of their investigation. They note that their policy prevents them from discussing pending investigations. Under the organization's guidelines, they have up to six months to complete their investigation of it. As for the man's employer, they have declined to make any comments as to what occurred.The company the man worked for opened its warehouse at 1160 East Main Street in Mount Joy in 1983. Ever since its opening, the company has continued to be managed by family members. They manufacture and distribute bubble wrap, cardboard boxes and many other different types of shipping supplies.A check of OSHA safety records for the company turns up a record completely devoid of any prior accidents. This contrasts with a staggering total of 36 workplace deaths that have been reported in the state of Pennsylvania since the most recent fiscal year began on October 1, 2016.In this case, the man's loved ones may be entitled to receive his lost wages, funeral costs and other expenses associated with his premature death. In reviewing the details of the case with a Dauphin, Pennsylvania, workers' compensation attorney, he or she can advise them of their rights as it relates to filing a workplace injury claim.

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When you think about a workplace injury, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

Like most, you may think about a slip-and-fall accident or a fall from height. While these are serious accidents, it's important to remember that there are many others that could impact you.

Workplace safety hazards that can cause an accident

Any workplace safety hazard is one that you (and other employees) should be fully aware of. By knowing where trouble could come into play, it's much easier to avoid a serious situation in which one or more worker suffers an injury.

With all this in mind, it's important to understand some of the most common workplace safety hazards. These include but are not limited to the following:

Can you be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim?

If you are injured on the job and unable to return to work, it won't be long before you want to learn more about filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

While you need to focus most your attention on your recovery, it's important that you also understand your legal rights.

Asbestos exposure experiences and respective cancer risks

Asbestos is comprised of naturally-occurring minerals. It's also used in many trades, like the auto and home construction industries, largely because of its ability to resist heat and fire. If you've ever heard someone speak about asbestos though, then most likely he or she has warned you to steer very far away from it. This is because, in recent decades, researchers have found that it can be particularly harmful to an individual's health.

Workers were first exposed to this mineral starting in the 1940s. At that time, auto manufacturers would use pieces of asbestos to avoid having the friction, caused by shifting a car's transmission, from starting a fire. Home builders would use these fibers as an insulator as well. As workers cut the fibers to make car parts or as they insulated a home, they broke up these compounds, releasing its deadly fibers into the air.

Pennsylvania ranks third among states with worker injuries

During 2015 and 2016, more than 1,595 severe workplace injuries were reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) by Pennsylvania employers. OSHA defines any type of injury that results in either the loss of an eye, an amputation or hospitalization as a severe injury.Among the severe injuries reported by Pennsylvania employers between 2015 and 2016, an alarming 28 percent involved employees losing either their fingernails or amputation of their fingers. Hands accounted for another 5 percent of all injuries. Toes accounted for 1 percent all of reported cases.Aside from Pennsylvania, there are 21 other states that run their own OSHA programs. In each of these states, they collect injury data for employees who work not just in federal positions, but private and public ones.

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Are you familiar with these rooftop safety hazards?

Depending on your profession, you may find yourself working on rooftops on a regular basis. For example, this is typically the case if you work for a company that installs new roofs and/or repairs those with damage.

When working at height, such as on a roof, there is no room for error. It only takes one mistake to cause an accident that could lead to injury or even death.

What are the symptoms of heat stroke?

Do you work outdoors, such as in the construction industry? Do you work indoors in an environment where temperatures can reach dangerous heights?

It's important to be familiar with the many symptoms of heat stroke. This is a serious medical condition that can lead to illness, injury and even death.

What to do about a denied workers’ compensation claim

If you suffer a workplace injury and are unable to return to your position in the near future, you will want to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

Despite the fact that you hope to receive your first payment in the days or weeks to come, there is no guarantee that this will happen. Unfortunately, it's possible that your claim could be denied.

Is your work injury covered by workers’ compensation?

When you arrive at work every day, you don't do so with the idea that you will suffer an injury. Instead, you take the approach that "safety comes first."

Despite your best efforts to remain safe at all times, there could come a point when you suffer an on the job injury. If this happens, you need to do three things:

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