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July 2014 Archives

Removal of safety device may have caused worker's death

A Pennsylvania sugar plant reportedly removed an important safety device that may have prevented a worker's death. The incident occurred in Fairless Hills in February 2013. Workers were bagging sugar that morning, but problems with clumping resulted in the need to climb into the hopper to facilitate movement of the material. A worker was digging, and another employee reported that looking at that location, he noticed the worker missing and his shovel buried with only the handle showing. As it turned out, the missing worker had been buried in the sugar.

Understanding occupational risks

Employees in Pennsylvania may benefit from reevaluating the risk for injury or death involved in their job on a daily basis. Some people find it advantageous to weigh the inherent risks of their occupation against the hourly wage or salary being earned. Reviewing some of the risks people are exposed to while undertaking everyday activities may help to shed some light on this topic as well.

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