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How long do you have to file for workers’ compensation?

If you are injured on the job in the State of Pennsylvania, you have a right to file for workers’ compensation, but a failure to apply within specified time limits could cost you your benefits. You have 120 days from the time of the injury to notify your employer for the initial claim. If for some reason your request is denied by your employer’s insurance carrier, you must file a claim petition within three years of the mishap.

 

What risks do I face in the manufacturing industry?

As an employee in the manufacturing industry, you know that safety is of paramount importance when on the job. This is especially true for those Erie workers that face a number of unsafe conditions, some of which can result in significant injury or even death in extreme cases.

According to Plant Engineering, all manufacturing facilities must include the proper first aid supplies in the event that an accident occurs onsite. Comprehensive training of how to use these supplies during an emergency should also take place. Along with general items (such as bandages and antibiotic cream), site-specific first aid applications must also be available.

Infectious disease in the workplace can pose risks

Health care workers perform many vital functions for the people of Pennsylvania. They also face a myriad of risks in the workplace, including acquiring a serious infectious illness that can have lasting ramifications. Accordingly, it’s crucial that all workers have access to information as well as protective mechanisms in order to reduce the likelihood of becoming infected during the course of work.

The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees details the necessary precautions that must be taken in workplaces where exposure to infectious diseases can occur. Workers should keep up to date on things like flu shots, and should remain in communication with doctors regarding past immunization records.  In the event that a vaccine is available for a particular illness, it’s recommended that the employer covers any costs necessary for proper protection. Vaccinations for things like Hepatitis B are especially important for those regularly exposed blood or other potentially contaminated bodily fluids.

Protection against chemical exposure is a must

Being employed in an industrial workplace can entail exposure to a number of hazardous conditions. Workers in Pennsylvania may even come into contact with dangerous chemicals, which can result in significant injury and illness. Being aware of the proper procedures as well as possible risks can reduce a worker’s chance of suffering a serious illness while completing tasks within an industrial environment.

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, exposure to hazardous substances is a common occurrence in many different workplaces. While employers must take proper steps to limit the extent of dangerous exposure that can occur, workers can also take certain precautions. It’s possible to carry substances to your home via the clothing you wear at work. Accordingly, it’s recommended that workers shower before arriving at home and all potentially contaminated clothing be left behind.

Fire safety can reduce the risk of burns at work

Burn injuries can pose a threat to Pennsylvania workers across many industries. For burns of a more serious nature, extensive medical treatment may be required, and a worker’s ability to earn a reasonable living may also be in jeopardy. Even relatively minor burn injuries can be extremely uncomfortable while also resulting in lost income.

Healthline.com lists a few of the possible causes of burns, which include injuries linked to caustic chemical exposure. Seeking out medical attention immediately is imperative when suffering from chemical burns, as they can cause further damage beyond just the initial injury. Other causes of burns include those resulting from hot water, fire or extended sun exposure.

Understanding occupational contact dermatitis

Many workplaces contain a number of hazardous substances that can be the cause of serious occupational illness. One such risk facing workers in Erie is occupational contact dermatitis, a skin condition that can require extended medical treatment. Our team of attorneys at Friday & Cox LLC have worked with clients experiencing the ravages of serious workplace illness. Accordingly, we know just how important securing the right options can be to those suffering.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention categorizes occupational contact dermatitis as one of the more typical complications of hazardous substance exposure. Allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis are the two distinct types of this disorder that can afflict workers. While there are some differences between these two disorders, in many cases it can be difficult for medical professionals to distinguish between them.

Scaffold safety is crucial for PA construction workers

For construction workers in Pennsylvania, working on scaffolds can be a common occurrence. However, scaffolds can also be the cause of significant injury, especially when proper protections are not in place. Our legal team at Friday & Cox LLC, knows all too well the dangers posed to workers regularly using scaffolds. Injuries can often be severe, and may require the need for extended medical treatment.   

The Scaffold Industry Association offers guidance on a specific type of scaffold known as a mast climber. Scaffold positioning is just one of many important considerations. Many job sites feature a number of high traffic areas, and erecting a mast climber in these locations can greatly increase risk. For example, a scaffold situated too closely entranced and exit doors can pose a threat to all workers in a given area.

Do I have the right to refuse hazardous working conditions?

As a Pennsylvania worker, your employer is obligated to ensure your place of work remains safe and secure at all times. However, in the event that you do encounter hazardous working conditions that could possibly cause an injury to you or your fellow workers, you do have the right to refuse dangerous tasks until the issue has been rectified.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, you are permitted to refuse work under certain circumstances. However, a number of conditions must be met in order for your refusal of work to be considered valid. Timeliness can be a factor in this case, as it often takes some time for site inspections to occur. To this end, urgent work threats can be refused until proper reporting has occurred.

Different types of neck injuries and how to treat them

No matter the industry, being injured on-the-job may occur unexpectedly. This includes the possibility of neck injuries, which can greatly hamper one’s ability to earn a living in Pennsylvania. Neck injuries entail many different forms, and could even require extensive medical treatment in order to achieve some much needed relief from symptoms.

As illustrated by Everyday Health, there are numerous types of neck injuries that can occur. Office workers suffering from poor posture or a lack of ergonomic equipment can experience neck strain. These injuries result in a great deal of discomfort, and may eventually turn into significant neck pain. When lifting items of considerable weight, an injured vertebral disk can also occur. Along with pain in the neck area, sufferers of disk injuries commonly experience radiating pain down the body and into the legs.

Explosion at oil well underscores on-the-job risks

For oil field workers in Pennsylvania, every day on the job can include a number of very serious and possibly life-threatening risks. Due to the inherent dangers associated with jobs within the oil and gas industries, employers must take every precaution to ensure workers remain safe and secure. Failure to do so can result in devastating consequences, including the loss of life.

A recent incident at a North Dakota oil field highlights the risk of serious accidents that people working on workover rigs face. At least four workers were involved in an oil well explosion that ultimately claimed the life of one man, according to authorities. Initial reports suggest that a gas pipe with a split in it was to blame, but investigators are still reviewing the accident. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has increased the number of worksite reviews in order to hold employers responsible for safety violations, 48 oil industry workers have died in North Dakota over the last six years, among other workplace fatalities.

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