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Category: Workplace Injury

West Virginia Mining Disasters

Posted in Coal mining accident,Personal injury,Workplace Injury on November 14, 2019

West Virginia has a booming coal mining industry. Since the mid-1800s, West Virginians have dug mines to excavate coal as a resource. Today, coal mining is still one of the most important jobs in the state’s economy. Thousands of people work in West Virginia’s coal industry, with almost 11,000 working directly in underground mines. Unfortunately,… read more

What Is Ergonomics and How Can It Help Keep Employees Safe?

Posted in Workers Compensation,Workplace Injury on February 26, 2018

Workplaces in almost every industry are changing rapidly over time. As workers become more specialized in their tasks, they are increasingly likely to suffer from injuries that are cumulative over time. Ergonomics is primarily about how people interact with their environment. Poor ergonomics leads to a greater risk of cumulative injuries. By finding better ways… read more

Gas Well Incident Causes Fatality

Posted in Uncategorized,Workplace Injury on January 16, 2017

A Lewis County, West Virginia, man has died following an incident at a Tyler County, West Virginia, natural gas drilling site.  The incident which occurred last Thursday took place at a U.S. Well Services Site in Tyler County.  Various news agencies are reporting that the incident occurred when the individual was pinned between a truck… read more

11 Injured at Marshall County Plant

Posted in Uncategorized,Workplace Injury on December 17, 2015

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 11 people were injured at a Marshall County chemical plant. According to the chemical plant’s owner, Axiall, Tuesday’s incident occurred around 7 in the morning in the facility’s power plant and involved steam from its coal fired boiler. News reports indicated that the 11 contract workers were treated at four… read more

Workplace Deaths at 7 Year High

Posted in Uncategorized,Workplace Injury on December 2, 2015

According to preliminary numbers released by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries from the U.S. Department of Labor, 2014 workplace fatalities increased to the highest levels since 2008. According to the reported data, a total of 4,679 workplace fatalities occurred in 2014, up 2 % from 2013’s total of 4,585. The data indicates that the… read more

Citations Issued in Harrison County, WV Cell Tower Collapse

Posted in Uncategorized,Workplace Injury on August 1, 2014

On Thursday, July 31, 2014, the federal Occupational, Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations and fined S&S Communications Specialists $14,000.00 for two serious safety violations. The citations to the Oklahoma Company stem from three deaths when the cell tower collapsed in February. In February, several contract workers with S&S were replacing supports on the… read more

West Virginia sees increased deaths in oil and gas industry

Posted in Uncategorized,Workplace Injury on May 7, 2014

As the natural gas industry in West Virginia continues to increase, so to do deaths on the job according to new federal government data. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, 13 West Virginia oil and gas workers died between 2008 and 2012, which is more than double the previous… read more

OSHA investigation could take up to six months.

Posted in Uncategorized,Workplace Injury on February 4, 2014

According to recent news reports, the February 1, 2014, collapse of cell towers could take up to six months to investigate. According to OSHA’s area director, Prentice Cline, OSHA arrived at the site of the collapse on Saturday and has started collecting evidence. Cline has described the incident as complex and indicated that the investigation… read more

Harrison County Cell Phone Tower Collapses

Posted in Uncategorized,Workplace Injury on February 3, 2014

On Saturday, February 1, 2014, three workers were killed and two others seriously injured when a cell phone tower collapsed in Harrison County, West Virginia. The incident occurred on Murphy’s Run Road in the Summit Park area of Clarksburg, West Virginia. Contractors were repairing the structure of the cell phone tower when the tower collapsed,… read more

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Posted in Uncategorized,Workplace Injury on January 30, 2014

Most industry accidents are made up from slips, trips, and falls. They make up nearly 15% of all accidental deaths per year with roughly 12,000 per year. Slips, trips, and falls are the second leading cause of accidental death behind motor vehicle accidents. Slips, trips, and falls are the most commonly reported injuries in the… read more