When people in Pennsylvania go to work each day, their focus is usually on the day's tasks and to ensure they do their job correctly. They usually do not think that they will be hurt. However, this can happen from time to time. That is why there are so many safety regulations that companies must follow to help ensure the safety of their employees. These safety regulations are governed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA ensures that companies follow these regulations and punishes employers that do not.
Unfortunately for two workers at a power plant, the punishment from OSHA came after they had lost their lives while working. Five workers were performing maintenance in a pit at the plant. The workers removed a joint from piping, and poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas came pouring out of the pipe. Two workers died and four other workers went to the hospital as a result of inhaling the gas. OSHA fined the contractor hired to perform the maintenance for 14 violations and the owner of the power plant for one violation.
While the citations may be able to protect future employees, it does not help the ones killed and injured in the accident. Workers and their families in situations like this are left in a very difficult situation, even though they were simply trying to do their jobs. These workers and their families may lose income while the workers cannot work and may also have significant medical bills. Employees injured on the job may be able to seek workers' compensation benefits to help with the financial losses due to the injuries.
Unfortunately many people in Pennsylvania are injured while working. These injuries can cause significant physical problems for the workers and prevent them from working for long periods of time. They may also incur medical bills as well. While they are healing from their injuries, they may be able to pursue to workers' compensation benefits to help with these costs. Experienced attorneys understand workers' rights and may be able to help protect them.
Source: triblive.com, "OSHA fines FirstEnergy, Enerfab for deadly Bruce Mansfield Power Plant accident" Theresa Clift, March 5, 2018