Coal mining represents one of the most prominent industries in Pennsylvania. Though the industry brings economic vitality to the state, there are a number of risks associated with the mining process. Aside from the clear risks of a workplace injury associated with a mine collapse, coal miners are exposed to the risks of respiratory distress associated with oxygen deprivation.
Pennsylvania's industrial workforce has been the cornerstone of the state's economy for several generations. Each day, thousands of people work hard to provide for their loved ones and help bring the state through the economic recession. Unfortunately, this type of work carries risks. The use of heavy equipment can lead to medical trauma, including a serious back injury, if the right safety precautions are not followed.
On occasion, it takes a devastating accident to push employers to make the changes necessary to preserve the health of their staff. In a recent incident, however, a Pennsylvania safety noticed a major safety violation as he was driving by a residential construction site. A subsequent investigation revealed that the construction company used faulty scaffolding that could have caused a serious workplace accident.
A recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling could have serious consequences for Pennsylvania workers. However, the lasting impacts of the decision will come as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration measures its reaction.
Quite often, people make sacrifices and work hard to benefit their loved ones. This is the reason why so many people come to the United States, often without their families, seeking opportunity.