A 27-year-old Pennsylvania man was seriously injured in an accident at his workplace in Duquesne. The incident is believed to have occurred at 8 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 13. The injured man was an employee at the DuraBond facility; sources indicate that he suffered three broken ribs and an eye injury before being transported to a hospital. Family members say that he doesn't remember the incident.
The workplace accident occurred as the man and some others were loading pipes at the facility. One of the pipes broke free and caused three other pipes to fall on him. He was evacuated from the facility by the McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service. Authorities say that although the victim is experiencing great pain, he is in relatively good condition and is only expected to remain hospitalized for a few days longer.
An accident on the job may negatively impact an individual's quality of life. After a workplace accident, it can sometimes be difficult for the victim to secure any compensation to which he or she may be entitled. Under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, employers must provide some kind of insurance coverage to their employees in order to protect them against unsafe working conditions.
All employers are required to adhere to various state and federal safety regulations. If it can be verified that an unsafe working environment was responsible for the victim's injury, he or she may be able to receive compensation from his employer to help him recuperate his damages and cover his expenses throughout the course of his medical treatment.
Source: Trib Live, "Accident hospitalizes worker in Duquesne", Jennifer R. Vertullo , January 14, 2014