Year: 2011

A gas well explosion in Indiana Township led to the deaths of two workers on July 23. The well ignited while subcontractors were welding two oil storage tanks at the site near Rich Hill Road at 9:48 a.m. The identities of the victims are unknown. Residents living nearby described the blast…

On August 2, a construction worker employed by J.F. Shea Construction Inc. fell off the Donora-Monessen Bridge. The worker, Ricky Gordon Glover, was sandblasting the steel girders when he fell fifty feet from an enclosed section underneath the bridge and landed on the concrete pier below. Glover sustained broken ribs, a dislocated…

Thirty-one-year-old Jack Hogan III died on July 29 from injuries sustained in a fall at around 12:40 p.m. Hogan fell while working in a thirty-foot-deep hole at the Sewickley Borough sewage treatment plant near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The accident occurred while Hogan was performing routine maintenance. While in the hole, Hogan…

On August 4, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, seventy-three-year-old Ron Mellinger, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, died in an electrocution accident. The workplace accident occurred on Fairview Avenue at around 11:45 a.m. Mellinger was electrocuted when the piece of metal he was carrying made contact with a high voltage line. The electrical…

Workplace deaths in U.S. at lowest level since 1992- 08/20/10 submitted by Doug Cunningham on August 19, 2010 – 3:20 pm fatalities on the job were down for the second year in a row. Jesse Russell reports: Workplace deaths are at their lowest levels since 1992. The labor department reported…

On September 7, Waynesboro police officer Derek Matthew Lange, 31, was arrested on a theft charge claiming he stole more than $22,000 in workers’ compensation benefit checks. Lange, who has been a Waynesboro officer since June 2005, injured his hand, wrist, knee and face during a foot pursuit in August…

PA DOL released numbers on Wednesday. Pennsylvania’s unemployment hits 600,000. If you were injured at work, you may have been told to collect unemployment insurance instead of workers’ compensation. You can apply for both. Unemployment is now scheduled to run out after 99 weeks as it currently stands. Workers compensation…