Fatalities among oil and gas workers are now reportedly at the highest level since numbers were made available in 1992 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. And while nonfatal accidents in the industry dropped in 2011, the number of accidents has apparently again increased since that time. At least four oil and gas workers died in Pennsylvania in 2011.
Certain areas of employment involve risks, such as construction or industrial work. However, by law, those who work in such fields need to be protected from known hazards. This means that they must have adequate safety equipment, training, and tools and machinery, among other things. Far too often, construction workers and others who perform manual labor are subjected to using defective or dangerous equipment.
Under Pennsylvania law, a business that provides alcohol to someone who is clearly intoxicated can be held legally responsible for damage that person causes. This applies when a bar or restaurant serves alcohol to a visibly intoxicated patron, and that patron then causes a drunk driving accident. The victims of such crashes may have the right to sue the bar or restaurant that served the driver.
Winter has arrived in full force here in Pennsylvania and numerous car accidents have recently taken place throughout the state, including the massive 50-car pileup that occurred outside Philadelphia. Winter driving certainly presents challenges, but there are a number of things that Pennsylvania drivers can do to help prevent car accidents.
The number of licensed drivers over the age of 65 is growing rapidly here in Pennsylvania and throughout the country as the baby boomers approach retirement age. According to the Associated Press, about 25 percent of today's drivers are 65 or older.
Many families in rural Pennsylvania own livestock. Sometimes that livestock escapes from its pasture, wreaking havoc on the roadways. It is the responsibility of the livestock owner to ensure this does not happen and that the animals do not cause a car accident.
Orthopedic surgeons all across Pennsylvania are expected to be precise and highly skilled in order to perform surgeries well. Unfortunately, many of them also suffer workplace injuries as a result of their delicate work, and some of these injuries are severe enough to keep them at home. A survey published recently by the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery shows that although 44 percent of respondents suffered from on-the-job injuries, only a quarter of them actually reported it.