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The dangerous job of helping people

There is irony in the reality that some of the most dangerous jobs in America involve helping others. Police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, nurses and others regularly put their health on the line -- and in many cases their lives are on the line -- to help ordinary citizens in a wide variety of emergencies.

Who do we call in a medical emergency? For most people, the first inclination is to call an ambulance so that EMS workers can assess the situation, begin administering aid and get the injured or ill party to a Pittsburgh hospital as quickly as possible. Those EMTs put themselves at risk of injury every time they answer a call, however.

Back injuries: Leading cause of workers' comp claims

It's the most common complaint doctors hear from patients who have sustained an on-the-job injury: "My back hurts." Back injuries are the leading type of workplace injuries, according to the National Safety Council.

A recently released study shows that treatment of common back injuries varies widely from state to state. For instance, a worker who injures his back in Pittsburgh might be more likely to undergo surgery than a person who injures his back in San Francisco.

How low can employers and workers' compensation insurers go?

Pretty low, as many Pittsburgh-area workers who have suffered on-the-job injuries can tell you. There are many cases in which an employee is hurt at work, and then files a legitimate claim for deserved workers' compensation only to find out that their employer and employer's workers' comp insurer will try to deny benefits.

We read recently of an Allegheny County case that might make your jaw hit the floor. A construction worker was severely injured while trying to rescue a worker who had fallen into a concrete pit on a Sewickley Borough job site. The man's employer and the employer's insurance company both argued that he should not receive workers' comp because his "compulsion to act as a Good Samaritan was not employment-related."

Dangers of oil and gas extraction

If you ask people around the nation to name a few states in which oil and natural gas production are important industries, Pennsylvania's name rarely comes up. But those of us in the western part of the state especially know of the Marcellus Shale formation that sweeps underground, providing rich deposits of shale oil and shale gas -- as well as being a source of good jobs.

Those jobs, like all natural resource extraction jobs, carry with them dangers of on-the-job heavy-machinery accidents and explosions. Injuries to gas and oil employees include severe burns, falls from platforms, having limbs crushed by machinery and also repetitive movement disorders from repeated lifting or pushing/pulling motions.

Pennsylvania bridge collapses; kills worker, injures two others

About 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, a bridge being overhauled suddenly collapsed on three workers, killing one of them. The other two construction workers were injured, according to reports.

"It just buckled," a spokesperson for the contractor said of the 103-year-old bridge. Demolition crews were at work when the collapse occurred.

Pittsburgh-area worker's leg crushed in industrial accident

Just a half-hour drive northwest of Pittsburgh brings you to Ambridge. Named after a bridge-making company, the town was once one of the centers of the American steel industry. While times have changed, steel fabrication continues in the town along the Ohio River.

A worker at an Ambridge steel plant was apparently badly injured recently "when his leg was crushed under a piece of pipe," a news report stated. The report did not contain a status report on the man's medical condition.

Danger in putting another brick in the wall

Brick facades add a look of solid dependability to homes. The facades make the houses look sturdy and safe. But a recent report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration indicates that workers installing the brick facades are not always as safe as they should be.

Six Pennsylvania masonry workers who were installing brick facades on residences were unaware as they worked that every move they made on the scaffolding could have been their last. The construction workers were in danger of serious injuries or even fatalities as they laid bricks on a south Philadelphia worksite.

Construction accidents dotting Pittsburgh with tragedy, injuries

With the warmer weather, construction crews are all over Pittsburgh. Some are repairing roads, others are erecting buildings and still other workers are renovating homes. With the surge in construction work inevitably comes an increase in construction injuries and bump in Pennsylvania workers' compensation claims.

Scanning the news, we quickly found a number of articles about construction accidents that left workers injured, and in one case in Wilkinsburg, left a 35-year-old worker dead.

Season of boom

It's almost summer, which means much of Pittsburgh is spending as much time as possible outdoors. Jogging, bicycling, cookouts with family and friends, canoeing, backpacking, fishing and more are available to be enjoyed with the sun hot and days long.

Of course, the warmer weather means it's also prime time for Pennsylvania road crews to get out on the roads, highways, streets and interstates to repave and fill the potholes from last winter. As anyone who drives by road work crews knows, the men and women out there are doing tough work that carries with it dangers of severe on-the-job injuries.

Our own Peter D. Friday makes the 2015 PA Super Lawyers Top 100!

Our firm was notified yesterday that our own Peter D. Friday, Esquire was selected to the 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Top 100 list!  If you are not familiar with Super Lawyers it is a rating service that ranks attorneys in over 70 different practice areas.  The selection process includes independent research, peer evaluations, and peer nominations.  

  • Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated
  • Super Lawyers

    Peter D. Friday was selected as a
    Super Lawyer 2007-2015

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Philadelphia Top Attorneys

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