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Flying piece of steel injures worker in freak workplace accident

Safety officials say a man was seriously injured on July 18 at an industrial work site in Baltimore County, Maryland. A spokesperson from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, says that investigators with the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health are looking into how a man was struck by a steel piece while working at a former plant known as Sparrows Point.

Police and fire representatives say that the accident happened shortly before 2 p.m. at 1430 Sparrows Point Blvd. Fire and EMS first responders were able to evacuate the injured man by air to Maryland Shock Trauma. The man's current condition is unknown.

The spokesperson from MDLLR says that this latest accident comes on the heels of a previous accident in which a crew of nine asbestos workers were injured. That accident occurred back in May, when the roof collapsed underneath the nine workers while they were engaged in their job in the former cold mill building of the steel plant.

It should be noted that the workers injured in May were hired by a different company than the worker injured in the July 18 accident.

At one time in America, employers could ask their employees to risk their health and well-being without repercussion. Those days are gone. Fortunately, today's American worker is protected by a federal agency who looks out for their safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and its state counterparts, routinely inspect businesses to ensure they are in compliance with business practices designed to promote workplace safety.

Workers who are injured on the job as the result of a fall from a ladder or scaffolding, accidents involving forklifts, cranes or those hurt while using defective equipment should know they are not alone. Current laws allow for a worker injured in a workplace accident to sue an employer under certain conditions. In some circumstances, an injured worker may be able to recover monetary compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical costs.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Man hit by piece of steel at Sparrows Point" Jessica Anderson, Jul. 21, 2014

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