Workers in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. deserve to work in safe conditions, and there are federal guidelines to assure that such conditions exist. So when two serious workplace accidents occur in the same plant in less than three months, both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and District Attorney's office begin investigations.
One U.S. worksite is currently being investigated, after a few industrial accidents there in just three months resulted in two men each suffering a leg being severed and another man being killed on the job.
The most recent incident occurred when two men were wrapping high gauge cable into coils. The cable snapped, severing the leg of one worker and hitting the other in the head, resulting in his death.
This is the second tragedy at the workplace in less than six months, following an incident in which one concrete pole on a stack of the same load came loose and rolled down the stack, landing on a worker's leg. The leg was later amputated as a result of the incident.
OSHA has begun investigating the workplace to determine if the conditions for workers violate safety regulations. If the investigation, which is expected to be completed within the first months of 2013, finds the employer did not take proper measures to ensure workers' safety, citations including substantial fines will be issued.
In addition to OSHA's investigation, the local district attorney's office will be looking into the working conditions resulting in the recent tragedies and will determine if criminal charges should be filed. According to the district attorney's special prosecution website, this is standard procedure for cases involving someone being hurt or killed due to safety violations in the workplace.
Source: The San Bernardino Sun, "Industrial accident at Fontana plant second in three months," Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Nov. 13, 2012