On-The-Job Accidents: Aluminum Press Crushes Man To Death

alarm-679462-mFor the third time in two weeks, I am reporting on a devastating work-related accident. This time it was a Tuesday night and a man was standing at his station at an aluminum press. It was his job to produce parts for other companies with the use of custom dies. At approximately 8:30 p.m., things took a turn for the worse. His arm was somehow caught in the press as it came down with 1,600 tons of pressure.

Though it took just minutes for the ambulance to arrive, it was not fast enough. The crushing pressure was too much. The injury claimed the life of the 49-year-old employee. As the family deals with the blow that they were dealt as their loved one was pronounced dead, investigators will be hard at work. Details have not been released yet regarding the circumstances of the accident, but plant operators and operations will be under close watch for some time until it is determined whether or not the company could have done anything differently, which might have prevented the loss of life. Citations will be doled out by OSHA if it is determined that the company was negligent in any way. It will also be the right of the family to consult a personal injury attorney and file a lawsuit if it is suspected that the business is responsible.

This is not a first offense for the aluminum press company. They have received two serious citations in less than ten years’ time. Both offenses had to do with failing to guard employees from potentially fatal hazards.

As mentioned in a previous post, shift work might be a part of the problem as well. Long work hours and unusual schedules have a proven correlation with health and safety issues. Injuries on the job are more than 15 percent more likely on a second shift, and nearly 30 percent higher on third shifts, as compared to normal working day hours. This risk increases with each consecutive night worked.

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On-The-Job Accidents: Aluminum Press Crushes Man To Death

alarm-679462-mFor the third time in two weeks, I am reporting on a devastating work-related accident. This time it was a Tuesday night and a man was standing at his station at an aluminum press.  It was his job to produce parts for other companies with the use of custom dies.  At approximately 8:30 p.m., things took a turn for the worse.  His arm was somehow caught in the press as it came down with 1,600 tons of pressure.

Though it took just minutes for the ambulance to arrive, it was not fast enough.  The crushing pressure was too much.  The injury claimed the life of the 49-year-old employee. As the family deals with the blow that they were dealt as their loved one was pronounced dead, investigators will be hard at work.  Details have not been released yet regarding the circumstances of the accident, but plant operators and operations will be under close watch for some time until it is determined whether or not the company could have done anything differently, which might have prevented the loss of life.  Citations will be doled out by OSHA if it is determined that the company was negligent in any way.  It will also be the right of the family to consult a personal injury attorney and file a lawsuit if it is suspected that the business is responsible.

This is not a first offense for the aluminum press company.  They have received two serious citations in less than ten years’ time.  Both offenses had to do with failing to guard employees from potentially fatal hazards.

As mentioned in a previous post, shift work might be a part of the problem as well.  Long work hours and unusual schedules have a proven correlation with health and safety issues.  Injuries on the job are more than 15 percent more likely on a second shift, and nearly 30 percent higher on third shifts, as compared to normal working day hours.  This risk increases with each consecutive night worked.

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Ladder Buckling Injures Two Men, Serves As Reminder

ladder-and-sky-1057445-mAnother work-related accident is making headlines and reminding us all to be very careful on the job.  It should come as no real surprise that ladders are among the biggest offenders when it comes to workplace injury.

It was the middle of the afternoon, on a nice, sunny day when two men climbed a ladder to work on a building in the center of town.  The worker climbing up first tied on his harness, while the second quickly scaled up behind him, without thought of the safety device.

When the ladder buckled from the span and weight, the man with the harness was thrown from his perch.  The harness caught his weight and he spun round into the hard surface of the building.  Though he certainly took a beating and reported rib pain after the fact, he walked away, denying medical attention.

His co-worker was not so fortunate.  The second man survived his 20-foot fall, but not without injury.  In addition to the many abrasions and superficial injuries that he received, the ambulance crew had to rush him to the local medical center for reports of serious chest pain.  It was not clear whether or not the man had suffered internal injuries.

Each year more than 8,000 workers fall from free-standing ladders.  Step ladders have not proven any safer.  In fact, they rack up even more falls, nearly topping the 9,000 mark.  It probably comes as no surprise that those at most risk of a serious fall are men of working age – 15 to 64 years old.  Arms and legs sustain the most injuries in these incidents, but there are more than 8,500 head injuries annually.

The most frequently sighted cause of a fall is that the ladder was not on stable ground.  Be sure that the ladder is properly stabilized before doing any job and wear a harness whenever climbing to heights greater than one story.  For more OSHA guidelines, visit their Portable Ladder Safety Site.  Speak to a personal injury attorney if you have incurred injuries from a fall.

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Childhood Drowning: A Substantiated Fear

jump-in-4-970511-mDrowning incidents are never happy stories to report, but a particular headline out of Indiana was truly devastating.  A young family was playing behind their home, enjoying their backyard on a summer day.  The ladder to the pool was still in place from an earlier swim, but no one was thinking about that as they laughed and enjoyed the time together.

Unfortunately, the two-year-old girl was the first to remember the pool ladder.  Curiosity got the better of her and she wandered away while her parents were looking the other way.  It took just moments for her to climb the ladder into the pool, but she wasn’t able to get back out.  The parents didn’t get there fast enough and the water claimed the child’s life, turning a happy day in the backyard into a tragic nightmare.  Paramedics did their very best to save the child, but it was simply too late.

Since this incident, the family has disassembled the above-ground pool, likely because of the awful reminder it had become.  Unfortunately, this family is not alone in their grief.  Nine Americans die each day as a result of drowning.  In fact, water is the number one cause of injury-related death for children under the age of five. Of the 5,000 children who will be rushed to emergency rooms this year because of drowning or near-drowning, 750 will die and another 1,000 will suffer permanent disability as a result.

The best way to prevent accidental drowning in your yard, and to avoid a visit with a personal injury attorney, is to follow pool safety guidelines.  That is to say that the ladder should always be removed when the pool is not in use.  A fence with a lockable gate is highly recommended and children should never be allowed to swim without adult supervision.

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Shift Work Danger: Steel Worker Killed On Job

worker-grinding-1219597-mRecent news of an on-the-job accident has turned many heads due to the truly horrific nature of the fatal incident.  A 21-year-old CMC Steel employee was severely burned when some of the molten metal was splashed on him and his co-worker around 5:30 p.m. on a Sunday.  The co-worker, who was in his 40s, was burned as well, but not as severely as the 21-year-old, who saw more than 80 percent of his flesh scalded.

Witnesses reported that the main victim was still standing on the scene and fully conscious. According to experts, molten metal can be as hot as 2,000 degrees.  They couldn’t even fight the resulting mini-fire because pouring water on those temperatures can result in steam explosions.  Fortunately, the flames were contained and slowly burned out, so no one else was hurt.  Bad news was reported the following morning, however, when it was announced that the young man had lost the battle.  The burns were ultimately too severe to overcome.

It is important to understand that shift work, like that done by the employees of CMC Steel, can put workers at greater risk of injuries.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports this facility was fined just a few years ago for a major accident that left two employees with major injuries.  It is not yet clear if the employer will face any sort of penalty for the loss of this man’s life.  What is clear is the statistics reported by HighBeam Business, which states that 27 million Americans working irregular schedules or shift work are five times more likely to make a serious mistake and 20 percent more likely to be injured on the job.

When employers are asking their workers to cover an abundance of hours or are failing to meet the needs of employees working hours after dark, accidents are more likely to occur. If you are a shift worker hurt on the job, then you should consult a personal injury attorney about your rights.

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One Killed, One Injured In Tubing And Boating Accident

tube-582270-mAn accident will leave a family mourning in the coming months after a 16-year-old girl’s life was cut short.  Police reported arriving on the scene to find one teenager already deceased and another seriously injured in a boating and tubing accident.

For many Americans, riding behind speed boats on rubber inflatables is a much-anticipated pastime.  These two girls were no different.  Onlookers reported that the two laughed and cheered as they were tugged quickly behind the boat.  Unfortunately, they were tossed from the tubes and the driver acted too quickly.

It should be noted that these girls were doing as they should have been.  There were two people in the boat – a driver and a spotter.  The spotter announced that the girls had fallen off and the driver slowed.  Turning the boat, likely in an effort to get back to the girls so they could be pulled aboard before another spin on the tubes, the wheel was cut too hard, too fast, and the girls were caught by the propellers.

The force was enough to cut one life short.  The second girl was rushed to a local hospital, where she received emergency surgery on a serious leg injury.  Fortunately, her injuries are considered not life threatening.  She is highly fortunate, as propellers like the one on this boat, turn with great force and are sharp enough to cause much greater damage than what she suffered.

This accident has ended one life, and has likely altered three others forever.  The girls were just trying to enjoy a hot summer’s day, like so many people do.  It is a reminder that these sports are dangerous and should be treated with the utmost respect.  It is not entirely clear what caused the accident.  If it is determined that this was a result of a product malfunction, a personal injury attorney may be called on to help the families collect damages to cover some of the associated costs.

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Dog Tries To Run And Is Shot Down By Police

a-pit-bull-rescue-pup-at-sunset-1438802-2-mAll too often, this blog looks at the aggressive side of dogs.  Though there are many dog attacks that end tragically, these animals should not be feared.  For many centuries, dogs have been providing loving friendship to people all over the world.  Unfortunately, a small percentage act out violently and make headlines, thereby leading to the start of a negative reputation.

Even for animal lovers, these stories instill some level of concern.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it may lead pet owners to take the proper precautions – training, socialization, and safekeeping.  However, it can also paint a bad image in the subconscious mind and for the professionals who regularly encounter unfamiliar animals that can become a problem.

A story out of Lancaster, PA is pointing to the downside of such vast media coverage.  Witnesses stood up for a dog killed at gunpoint recently, stating that the animal was not acting aggressively before the police officer pulled the trigger.

The pit bull was sitting in the back of an SUV, with the tailgate lifted when the police officer was yelling at a man standing nearby.  The chaos frightened the animal, which jumped down and started to run away.  Police officers acted and shot it twice with a rifle, according to Lancaster Online.

Witnesses assured the police and media that the dog was not doing anything to threaten the officers.  It barked several times and then began to run away.  There is an investigation underway to determine if the police acted appropriately.  It is important to understand that your dog can be a liability if it attacks, but you can also seek damages if your dog is injured or killed without provocation. Speak with a personal injury attorney in your area if this has happened to your pet.  After all, a dog is often considered a member of the family and you shouldn’t face financial loss in addition to your mourning, as well as the wrongful death of your beloved pet.

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Recall Is Both Good And Bad For Women

medical-doctor-1314903-mA relatively new class action lawsuit is receiving public attention.  Women diagnosed with cancer related to myomectomy, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, or salpingectomy are eligible to join this large scale lawsuit against the manufacturers of morcellators.  These medical devices used in the common surgeries have demonstrated some risk of spreading cancer within the pelvis, abdomen, and uterus.

  • Myomectomy: The removal of fibroids, non-cancerous growths that can develop in the uterus during childbearing years.
  • Hysterectomy: The removal of the uterus due to medical concerns.
  • Oophorectomy: The removal of the ovaries and often performed at the same time, or for the same reason as hysterectomy.
  • Salpingectomy: The removal of the fallopian tubes due to medical concerns.

Unfortunately, the class action lawsuit, which will help many women who suffered as a result of their surgeries, is also pointing to a huge need in the medical field.  The morcellators are now being recalled, which means that many women will not receive the treatment they need because there is no replacement for the device.  Though alternative surgeries are available, they require longer healing times, are more painful, and are not an option for all women.

The issue at hand is that as many as 1 in 350 female patients have undetected cancer at the time of the procedure.  The use of the morcellators greatly increases the risk of this cancer spreading and reaching life-threatening levels.  For now, that puts the risk too high for most medical facilities, who will stop the procedure altogether until a better, safer option is presented.

Approximately 50,000 women undergo these procedures every year.  That means that as many as 145 women will face cancer-related complications due to the use of morellators annually. If you are among them, you should consult a personal injury attorney to help ensure that you get the financial assistance you need to recover related medical expenses.

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Dog to be Euthanized After Attack

broken-heart-pic-1267479-mNews out of Ohio has many dog lovers heartbroken this week.  A dog that attacked a woman and killed her will now face the same fate.  The decision to euthanize the dog was made public recently and the media was quick to relay the message to a national audience.

The woman who lost her life in this attack was Cindy Whisman.  According to Dayton Daily News, she was 59 years old at the time of her death.  Police were called in at 1:03PM.  It took first responders seven minutes to get to the scene and Whisman was already deceased.

Because the dog, named Polo, has killed a person, he cannot be adopted to another family.  As such, it has been ruled that the most humane action to take is to euthanize the animal.

This story is another heart-wrenching example of the need for better animal training and care in this country.  Though they can make wonderful, loving pets, dogs are animals and they do rely on instinct.  They can become aggressive if placed in high stress situations, or if they feel they are being challenged in some way.

Authorities on the topic assure pet owners that this fate does not have to await their dogs.  It is possible to properly train pets to prevent dog bites.  According to WebMD, this begins with discouraging puppy nibbling.  Puppies will often play by nipping and chewing on human hands and feet.  It is important to stop this behavior as quickly as possible.  This article also discusses the need to teach bite inhibition.  That is to say that dogs can be trained to control the strength of their bite, so even when placed in a stressful situation, they are less likely to break skin when feeling threatened.  For more training tips, visit the WebMD article.

The dog’s owner was Cindy’s daughter.  Julie Whisman has decided that she does not want the dog back, knowing what he has done.

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Are Political and Religious Rights Extended to Soldiers?

flag-1342516-mWhat are the rights of a United States soldier?  Should he or she have the same rights to political discontent as an average citizen?  In a recent news story, it appears that military officials do not believe so.  Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers was with the military for 25 years when he was forced to retired.  He is taking his case to court with the help of a personal injury attorney, arguing that the reason for his dismissal was his religious and political beliefs.

Sommers was found in the possession of an anti-Obama sticker and a book by Sean Hannity. For those who are not familiar with Hannity, he is a popular TV host known for his highly conservative views.  He has written three best-selling books on the topic. In addition to these two possessions, Sommers was vocal about his belief in traditional marriage.  He was forced to remove his anti-Obama bumper stickers from his car and accused of causing a stir within the ranks of officers.

Is it wrong for a soldier to speak out against his government or is this soldier simply exercising the rights that he and his peers fight for?  This is the question that will likely have to be answered in the courtroom.

What ultimately led military higher-ups to make the decision to let Sommers go?  Some believe it was his choosing “to serve Chick-fil-A sandwiches as his promotion party, in honor of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”  More on this can be found on the FoxNews website.

For now, it is simply important to understand that this country was founded on the rights of the individual.  While the fate of this soldier is not yet known with any certainty, you do have the right to seek an attorney’s representation if you are being discriminated against in the workplace.

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