Industrial workers in Pennsylvania are exposed to various risks in the workplace. Those include unfriendly and difficult work environments, workplace injury and exposure to chemical hazards. Some workplace accidents may lead to temporary or permanent disabilities and some may even lead to the death of the worker. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration and the other concerned authorities have established regulations to ensure safety in the workplace and in the process, prevent many workplace injuries.
Workers in Pennsylvania may know that most employers in this state are required to pay compensation for both workplace injuries and for accidental deaths in the workplace. However, under some conditions, employers are not liable for compensation.
The Federal Chemical Safety Board in the United States is responsible for conducting investigations into chemical accidents that occur in factories. Such industrial workers' accidents can cause severe injuries or even fatalities. Preventing such devastating accidents by regularly maintaining the chemical plants is thus a key responsibility of all employers in the industrial field.
Industrial workers' accidents are not uncommon in the United States, including here in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. A serious injury to an industrial worker may result in either temporary or permanent disability, or even death.
Coal mining and natural gas drilling operations are very common in Pennsylvania. There are more than 43,000 active gas wells in the state, along with 39 underground mines and 377 surface mining sites in Pennsylvania, according to the Department of Environmental Protection. These sites require many workers who put their lives at risk every day on-the-job.