In everyday life, a number of different paper products are used in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, homes and offices. Though these items are commonplace in our lives, we may not think about the workers responsible for manufacturing these goods. Despite requirements for sufficient safety measures in paper plants, and other industrial sites, serious accidents still happen.
According to recent news reports, a Pennsylvania man received a fatal injury while repairing a piece of broken or defective machinery at the paper plant. The Proctor & Gamble plant was shut down for routine maintenance procedures. During this time, the 36-year-old plant employee was performing repairs to machinery when he sustained serious trauma to his head. Shortly after sustaining the catastrophic head injury, the man passed away.
Since the accident occurred, Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials will be investigating the circumstances of the accident, which is standard protocol anytime a worker is killed on the job. The hope is that plant managers were taking all necessary precautions to prevent serious accidents from occurring, yet they will likely be held accountable if the OSHA investigation determines otherwise.
This case raises the importance of ensuring safety measures are enforced at all times in industrial settings. Though the most significant number of hazards may be present while a production line is running, it is important to make sure there are not any hazards to employee’s health when production has ceased, particularly when employees are repairing heavy machinery. Perhaps this event will inspire this company and others to review their safety policies to ensure the safety of employees from the time they arrive until the end of the working day.
The man’s family is undoubtedly mourning the loss of their loved one and wants nothing more than for him to be alive today. In the wake of this unfortunate incident, the family will have to make difficult lifestyle adjustments in the coming days and weeks. Fortunately, Pennsylvania state laws are designed to protect and benefit workers and their families following a serious or fatal workplace injury.
Source: The Republic, “Northeastern Pa. man dies after accident at P&G paper plant,” March 26, 2012