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Do you lose if you're injured before Social Security retirement begins?

Three hundred miles east of Pittsburgh is a large, rural public school district that is nestled among the majestic vistas offered by the Pocono Mountains. A worker there recently prevailed in a workers' compensation dispute with the school district that was hoping to avoid paying a substantial portion of his benefits.

The man had fallen on ice at work and injured his hand, and the Pocono Mountain School District hoped it would not have to pay him full workers' comp benefits because he was just says away from retiring on Social Security before the workplace accident occurred.

A second construction tragedy averted

If you follow the Allegheny River for about a half-hour northeast of Pittsburgh, you will come to the borough of Tarentum. It's there that a construction worker on a roofing job was electrocuted last fall. His aluminum ladder came in contact with a 7,200-volt power line over the home.

Just three days later, the tragedy was nearly repeated when the employer sent up another worker to finish the job. The worker was, of course, exposed to the very same electrical hazards that had killed the first man. Fortunately, the second employee emerged unscathed.

How to secure a boiler to prevent industrial accidents

Many Pennsylvania workers are severely injured or even die due to industrial accidents each year. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor as well as the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration, or OSHA, have time and again recommended that all companies that use boilers or other unfired, pressurized vessels on their work premises use adequate vigilance to install and maintain these industrial vessels. Preventing industrial accidents is a fundamental obligation of an employer.

Specific state laws guiding installation and maintenance of boilers as well as pressurized vessels state that these instruments must be subjected to regular and vigilant inspection. The boiler inspection commission may send inspectors to check these vessels for compliance with state laws. Every industrial worker should know and look for periodic inspections, which is mandatory. If the employer or insurer has not commissioned a boiler inspection, the employee has the right to file a complaint with OSHA.

Can Pennsylvanians refuse to work in unsafe working environments?

Under Pennsylvania labor laws, no employee can be forced to work in an unsafe work environment. Laws created and enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor and Occupational Safety Administration give employees the right to refuse work in an environment which is unsafe.

A worker who finds his or her work environment to be unsafe has the right to lodge a complaint with a company supervisor, as well as OSHA, as soon as possible after the conditions are noticed. While a worker can file a complaint with an employer, a worker may not immediately benefit from leaving the worksite right after initiating a complaint for an unsafe working environment.

Chem safety board reports on 2010 Pennsylvania factory explosion

Many Pennsylvania workers have fallen victim to workplace accidents. State law dictates that any injured employee who sustains an injury in the course of employment must be compensated by workers' compensation insurance held by the employer. Many workers often consult legal professionals familiar with workers' compensation laws in order to obtain full compensation for their injuries.

A new technical analysis was recently conducted to thoroughly investigate a 2010 factory explosion in Pennsylvania. The preliminary analysis revealed that the explosion most likely occurred when the factory's process of decompressing zinc caused an overheating of the material, which then exploded due to the mineral's chemical properties. The factory explosion claimed the lives of two workers and injured one.

Helping victims of workplace accidents in Pennsylvania

Workplace accidents injure numerous workers every year in Pennsylvania, and often prove to be fatal. In some cases, the workers may have to spend years under medical care and rehabilitation. The attorneys at Friday & Cox LLC have diligently and aggressively defended the rights of employees for decades in Pennsylvania.

Getting injured in the workplace often leads to severe temporary or permanent disabilities. Some industries are more prone to workplace accidents than others. Construction sites and industries can often prove to be very dangerous for the workers if proper safety measures are not put into force by the employers.

Pennsylvania nuke plant worker still without workers' compensation

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor has sponsored various and frequent awareness programs encouraging employers to maintain safe workplace environments to ensure the safety of every employee. If a workplace accident occurs, the employers must pay workers' compensation to the injured worker in lieu of earned wages.

Recently, a Pennsylvania man initiated a workers' compensation case against a nuclear power plant owned by Exelon Corp., where he worked as a security guard. He claimed that after a co-worker relieved him, he sat down to eat in a company break room when a refrigerator fell on his head, causing injury and rendering him unconscious. He has stated his injuries are serious and that he was unconscious for an indefinite period of time. He also alleged that corporate management delayed taking him to the hospital for nearly three-and-a-half hours.

Pennsylvania workplace accidents: potential imminent danger

Injuries suffered while on the job may disable a lot of Pennsylvania workers. The U.S. Department of Labor has conducted various awareness drives to make employers aware of the hazards of dangerous workplace environments.

Pennsylvania laws and regulations allow employees who were injured on the job to pursue workers' compensation benefits. Many injured workers may be rendered partially or completely disabled by their injuries, which may be temporary or even permanent. Many victims of workplace accidents as well as their dependants and families often find it beneficial to contact professional legal help in order to seek compensation.

Does Fibromyalgia qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that results in chronic, widespread pain/tenderness in joints, muscles, tendons or other soft tissues.  Fibromyalgia manifests itself in a number of ways but the most common symptom is chronic widespread pain.  Fibromyalgia's symptoms vary widely from person to person.  There is currently no definitive diagnostic test for Fibroyalgia.  The American College of Rheumatology established cirteria to diagnose Fibromylgia, which consists of a patient having widespread pain that lasts for at least three months, and that the pain occurs in 11 out of the 18 tender points in the body.  

Who must carry workers' compensation insurance in Pennsylvania?

The purpose of workers' compensation insurance is to provide financial assistance to workers who suffer an injury or illness due to work-related activities. This is the standard in Pennsylvania and all states throughout the country. According to Pennsylvania law, workers' compensation is mandatory for every employer who employs even as few as one employee who could suffer injuries either at the workplace, anywhere within the state, or in some cases, outside the state while working.

Employers may buy workers' compensation liability insurance from multiple places. First, employers may buy workers' compensation insurance from the Pennsylvania State Workers' Insurance fund. They may also buy it from an insurance company licensed in Pennsylvania. Finally, after obtaining an approval from Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry they could opt for self-insurance, either individually or as a group.

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