Asbestos has been used in thousands of products, but its use has been much more limited during the past 40 years. Though a main concern about significant exposure to asbestos is the possibility of contracting mesothelioma (that affects the lining of the lungs and the abdomen), asbestos has also been tied to lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and laryngeal cancer, and has been loosely tied to cancer of the esophagus, gallbladder, kidney and throat.
Export Fuel Company in Export, Pennsylvania, just east of Pittsburgh, is being blamed for the death of a worker who was crushed by a pavement roller. The company has been now cited for what are called 18 serious safety violations by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
For a number of years, workplace deaths in Pennsylvania had been on the rise. However, the 186 individuals killed in workplace accidents in Pennsylvania during the year of 2011 represented a 16 percent decrease from the prior year.
A widow of a Pennsylvania truck maintenance worker was awarded $3.6 million against a trucking company. The company owned the truck that essentially fell down on top of him and crushed him to death.
Consul is a Pennsylvania operation that runs a number of mines. Recently, crews at Consul located a bulldozer that fell into a pond after an embankment gave way. The operator of the bulldozer is now missing and is believed to have died as a result of this accident.
We wrote a few months back about a Pennsylvania worker that was electrocuted when coming into contact with a power line. As a follow up to this story, his employer has since pled guilty to a willful violation of various labor laws that may have resulted in the worker's death.
A Pennsylvania construction worker recently died after being struck by a 2,000 pound section of concrete. The 29-year old worker was reportedly a contractor on a job. He was reported trapped by the portion of concrete, was freed by his co-workers and taken to the hospital where he unfortunately died of his injuries. The coroner reported the death to be due to multiple blunt force injuries.
Another Pittsburgh area worker was electrocuted while working on the job. The work related death came about when an employee of a painting company came into contact with a power line while working upon a roof of a building. Part of the duties of the deceased painter included leaning over the edge of the roof and spray painting along the walls close to where the electric circuit was located.
A Pennsylvania woman is alleging that her husband's death was the result of negligence at a wastewater treatment facility in the Pittsburgh area. She alleges that her husband was cleaning a pit at the treatment facility, that he was then overcome by methane gas, and he then fell over 20 feet to the concrete floor. According to the coroner, the 31-year old man died of blunt force trauma.
A Pittsburgh area worker died at the factory where he was working. At a West Mifflin facility, the worker somehow became pinned between a lift bucket and the ceiling. The worker had apparently been unresponsive for sometime before his death was discovered.