While many occupations have their own unique hazards, some jobs are especially dangerous. For this reason, employers are obligated to provide a safe environment for their workers. Additionally, all employers in Pennsylvania must provide some form of workers’ compensation insurance for their workers in case of a workplace injury. Failure to do so can result in fines, criminal prosecution and civil liability.
Climbing trees in order to trim them poses obvious dangers. Some Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, residents may have heard about a recent work-related accident that occurred in the state. A 21-year-old man was working atop a pine tree with a chainsaw, performing maintenance work for his tree servicing company. Suddenly, things went terribly wrong, the chainsaw “kicked back” and some of the blade’s teeth became embedded deep into his neck and shoulder. He was very lucky, as the blade missed his carotid artery by a mere centimeter.
The blade was held in place by his co-workers until paramedics arrived in order to prevent dangerous blood loss. The man was rushed to the trauma center at a nearby hospital. He sustained wounds to the muscles and soft tissues around his shoulders, but it could have been much worse, since his spinal cord, esophagus and airway were close to his wound. He is now in a stable condition after an hour of surgery and thirty stitches.
A workplace injury can bring pain in many forms to the injured person and his or her family. However, a fair and just compensation can help provide for the worker’s needs. Under worker’s compensation laws, anyone who sustains an on-the-job injury is entitled to medical expenses and disability benefits during their recovery period. To protect his or her rights, an injured worker may consider seeking the help of a legal professional in order to make sure that he or she is receiving all the benefits to which he or she is entitled.
Source: KFOR News Channel 4, “Cutting it close: Man lives to talk about this chainsaw accident,” April 2, 2014