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Pennsylvania man crushed under steam roller

A Pennsylvania worker was severely injured recently after falling from an asphalt steam roller truck. According to reports, the man was working on a construction project when the roller started to jerk around. Police investigators believe that the hydraulic hose on the large truck broke causing the vehicle to move out of control.

Because of the jerking, the man apparently fell off the truck and on to his stomach. At this point, the steam roller rolled over him and became stuck. Rescue workers, including doctors, arrived on the scene and eventually freed the man. He suffered from blood loss and severe head trauma. He was airlifted to an area hospital for surgery and was listed in critical condition.

Accidents, like this one, can happen at a construction site or any workplace at any time. Construction site accidents are often very dangerous because of the heavy equipment found in the workplace. For example, on construction sites tools, trucks and other materials can all be deadly if used incorrectly.

When a workplace accident occurs, injured workers and their families often need financial support. Workers can lose wages, and medical expenses can pile up. In serious cases, a worker may be permanently disabled and unable to ever return to work. Whatever the extent of the injuries, those people injured in a workplace accident do not have to carry the burden alone. In many cases, workers' compensation is available to cover the expenses caused by a workplace accident.

Unlike other types of personal injury compensation, workers' compensation is often available to injured workers even if the employer was not negligent. As long as the injury happened within the scope of that worker's employment, the worker will likely qualify for benefits.

Source: News Observer, "Man run over by Pa. asphalt roller, hospitalized," Aug. 30, 2013

Commonwealth v. Candice Steinbacher – Motion for Judgement Acquittal Granted

Motion for Judgment of Acquittal for a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) prosecution was granted by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts, after Attorney Kyle Rude argues that the Commonwealth could not prove Ms. Steinbacher was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle. Ms. Steinbacher was arrested after Williamsport City Police believed she switched seats with her boyfriend in order to avoid an arrest for DUI.

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