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August 2013 Archives

Settlement does not do justice for mother of deceased worker

A wrongful death suit instigated by the death of one couple's son has resulted in a $1 million settlement for the bereaved parents. Last year, a 30-year-old man was killed while he was working on a construction site. The construction accident that caused the man's death happened when a large tractor crane collapsed. According to federal investigators, the cable holding up the 160-foot boom was badly frayed and the accident could have been avoided. The company overseeing the construction was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration with 10 violations and $68,000 in fines.

OSHA regulations in place to ensure safety, protect lives

Employers are required by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to make sure workers are not exposed to hazardous situations and circumstances while on the job. This means following OSHA regulations. When an on-the-job accident occurs in Orlando, Florida, an agent from OSHA may be sent in, depending on the severity of the incident. In other words, if a fatality occurs due to an injury suffered while in the workplace, employers can expect a representative from OSHA to respond in a timely manner.

New report reveals rates of injury for many industries

A recently released report has revealed state-level and industry-based workplace injury rates across the nation. This study used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to get a clearer picture of what workers are exposed to and where, helping to determine what sort of injuries are occurring in which types of work. For instance, repetitive stress injuries can be caused in a number of circumstances, some leading to conditions like degenerative back disorder. Individuals with conditions like this often have to seek disability benefits because they can no longer work. This is particularly unfortunate when one realizes that such injuries often happen on the job.

Major workplace accident injures eight, many with burns

A tragic incident occurred in Tavares, Florida, a town located northwest of Orlando. Eight workers were injured in a massive fire that happened at a propane plant and four of them were listed in critical condition soon after the incident had been tamed. According to eyewitness reports, flames from the fire reached 200 feet as it was fueled by the large amount of propane stored at the facility. As the fire began, many residents living nearby came out of their homes because they began hearing loud explosions. Some were ready to go to sleep when the explosions began. By the next morning, reports indicate that thousands of scorched propane tanks were present.

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