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Hazards for which to look out in the manufacturing industry

Pittsburgh is known for its advanced manufacturing industry, and if this is the industry in which you earn your income, you will face multiple hazards during each shift you work. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes a long list of safety regulations and guidelines, accidents can happen at any time. Relying entirely on your employer to protect you from injuries might not be enough, and taking your own precautions might be smart.

You will not likely be able to anticipate all the circumstances that might arise to threaten your safety, but gathering knowledge on the most common occupational hazards, and how to mitigate them, might keep you out of the hospital. The best place to start might be to make sure you always wear appropriate personal protective equipment and comply with safety standards.

19-year-old man leads police on chase in Pennsylvania

It's not very often that you hear about a hit-and-run crash that results in drug charges, but that's what happened in a case out of Pennsylvania. According to the story, a man is facing multiple counts including misdemeanor charges for causing an accident with an attended vehicle.

At the time of the crash, police were called to the scene of the hit-and-run after a vehicle was struck. A white Ford SUV fled the scene but was eventually found on Paxton Street.

Case won't be heard by Supreme Court despite arguments

Sometimes, when there are problems with the verdict of a case, a defendant's legal team will appeal it. That happened in a case that went to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, but the court has decided not to hear arguments about the case.

The case involves the family of a 6-year-old child who was killed in an auto accident. The case was filed after an incident where the victim's vehicle had malfunctioned, resulted in him stopping it in the middle of a Route 28. Inside, his vehicle contained his two sons and wife.

Distracted driving is changing

You know just how dangerous it is to use your smartphone behind the wheel, but what about the driver next to you? The sad reality is that no matter how safely you drive, there is almost always another driver who is ignoring the rules of the road. In regard to distracted driving, many Pennsylvania drivers seem to struggle with keeping their hands off their smartphones and on their steering wheels.

Several years ago, talking on cell phones was a huge concern of safety experts. While talking on the phone while driving is still just as dangerous as it was in the past, it is no longer as much of a worry. While this might seem like good news, it is perhaps only the other side of a more dangerous habit.

Report elder abuse to prevent further harm to patients

It's a reality that nursing home abuse often goes unreported. The sad thing about that is that with proper reporting and intervention, a single instance of abuse doesn't have to turn into multiple cases. Simply reporting the negligence or abuse taking place could help save lives.

Many elderly people won't report when they're abused or neglected. Some are too proud to admit that they need help. Others don't want to cause trouble for those around them. Still others fear that they won't be taken seriously or will face repercussions for discussing abuse or neglect.

Denied workers' compensation is not the end of the road for you

When a Pennsylvania worker suffers an injury at work, he or she has the right to seek benefits through a workers' compensation claim. However, it is not always easy to get the benefits you may need, even if you have a valid claim. Unfortunately, many initial claims come back denied. This is frustrating, but it is not the end of the road for you. 

If you are dealing with the impact of a work injury, facing time off to recover and dealing with medical bills, it is important to get the financial support you need as soon as possible. A denied claim certainly feels like a setback, but you can pursue other options by which you can pursue the benefits you need. You can appeal and continue your fight for the support you require during your recovery.

How can you prevent a truck crash?

Truck accidents are a serious problem across the United States. These vehicles weigh thousands of pounds and can easily crush passenger vehicles that they come into contact with.

As someone who wants to stay safer around trucks, it's a good idea to think carefully about your actions. If you are driving when the weather isn't good, and there are still trucks on the roads, there are a couple things you can do to keep yourself safe.

Drowsy drivers could be putting you in danger

You understand the importance of being a safe driver, so you always wear your seatbelt, yield to vehicles with the right-of-way and follow the posted speed limit. Perhaps most importantly, you probably also make sure that you get enough rest before getting behind the wheel of your vehicle. Unfortunately, not everyone takes safety as seriously as you do, and drowsy drivers are far more common in Pennsylvania than you might think.

If you recently received an injury in a car accident, there is a chance that the other driver was acting negligently. However, unlike drunk or distracted driving -- such as using a cell phone behind the wheel -- it might be less obvious when a driver caused a wreck because he or she was tired. Here is some important information to know about drowsy driving.

Deadly crash leaves 1 dead in head-on collision

A wrongful death that is caused as a result of a car crash is devastating for the family of the victim. In many cases, the victims are young parents or even teenagers; these are people just beginning their lives.

Take, for example, a crash that happened on Jan. 11. During the collision, a 35-year-old man from Ohio allegedly crossed the double yellow line on Carbon Bicco Road just across the state line. Inside the other vehicle, a 34-year-old man from New Castle, Pennsylvania, was in the driver's seat when his vehicle was hit head-on.

4 hurt in serious front-end collision in New Castle

Car crashes happen every day in America, and New Castle is no exception to the rule. When the weather is poor, drivers are distracted or other issues lead to crashes, and people often get hurt. Sometimes, they're killed.

Fortunately, emergency teams are waiting to help get people to the medical care they need after a crash. This quick care is what saves some people's lives.

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