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NIOSH's guidelines for employing teenagers in construction

The Pennsylvania construction industry employs many teenage workers. One of the biggest advantages of employing teenagers is their eagerness to learn. However, certain rules and regulations apply for teenagers working on a construction site, in order to prevent workplace accidents and injuries.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health sets guidelines that employers must follow if they want to employ teenagers. These guidelines are a result of the efforts of NIOSHA, which targets the prevention of workplace injuries and fatalities among teenagers. The efforts are justified considering that the construction industry employs about 3 percent of teenage workers, but accounts for 14 percent of teenage fatalities in the workplace.

What role does OSHA play in preventing workplace accidents?

Per federal and Pennsylvania state laws, employers are required to provide a safe working environment for their employees in order to avoid or prevent workplace accidents. If the working environment is deemed unsafe, a worker can file a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and can choose to discontinue visiting the workplace until the complaint is addressed.

Employers are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, a federal statute, to sustain a workplace free of hazards that can lead to a workplace injury, illness or death. OSHA was established to enforce the ideals of this statute and also develop workplace safety standards and guidelines. OSHA has jurisdiction over private employers who conduct business with other states, which extends to include even those that operate through the U.S. Postal Service or through phone calls made to other states.

Pennsylvania airport worker injured while towing airplane

The term "occupational hazard" signifies the possibility of meeting with an accident or being injured while performing the everyday duties of employment. Pennsylvania employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance in order to cover employees who may suffer a serious, unexpected injury or fall ill as a direct result of performing the duties of his or her employment. However, certain jobs carry an increased inherent possibility of meeting with an accident which is completely unpredictable as to occurrence and scope of injury.

A recent incident at Pittsburg International Airport can be used to illustrate the case in point. Recently, a female airport employee working the early evening shift as part of an airline ground crew was seriously injured while operating a vehicle used for moving airplanes to airport terminal gates.

What reasons are there for denying a workers' compensation claim?

Workers compensation may be defined as the monetary compensation payable to an employee by his or her employer in case the employee suffers any occupational injuries. Cumulative trauma and occupational diseases may also be covered by workers compensation in the state of Pennsylvania. However, there may be instances in which a workers' compensation claim may be denied by the employer.

In case an employee's workers' compensation claim is denied, he or she will receive a written communication from the employer. The letter may also state and elaborate the reason why the employee's claim has been denied.

What are a construction worker's rights in the workplace?

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is a federal agency entrusted with the responsibility of implementing programs targeted to promote safety and good health in the workplace and in the process, reduce workplace hazards that can often cause injuries or illnesses. Pennsylvania workers may be familiar with OHSA but many are not fully aware of their rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970.

Considering that construction work is an inherently dangerous job, it is important that a Pennsylvania construction worker be aware of his or her workplace rights. According to OSHA, every employee is granted a set of rights and, at the same time, he or she is expected to carry out some fundamental responsibilities in order to maintain a safe workplace.

Social Security Disability Overview

Social Security Disability benefits are provided by the Social Security Administration (an agency of the Federal Government) to people who cannot work due to a severe medical condition which results in a disability that is expected to last at least one year.  Social Security Disability benefits are only provided to people who meet a very strict definition of disability.  A "disability" is defined as not being able to engage in any "substantial gainful activity because of a medically-determinable physical or mental impairment(s) that is expected to result in death or that has lasted, or is expected to last, for a continuous period of at least 12 months."  There is a separate definition of disability for children under the age of 18 years.

A guide to workers' compensation in Pennsylvania - Part 2

According to the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act, a worker is entitled to compensation in case of job-related injury or illness. As a very first step, an injured worker needs to establish eligibility for seeking workers' compensation benefits.

Workers who are injured or fall ill on the job are entitled to medical care. The employer is responsible for advising an injured worker of his or her rights for compensation and duties to obtain it. The employer must give a written notice to the insurance company when an employee is injured. These rights are enumerated under Section 306(f.1)(1)(i) of the Workers Compensation Act, which says that if a worker suffers an injury, then the worker will be entitled to medical and surgical services.

Hittin' the Road with Friday & Cox-Spendin' the Day in Central PA

In representing our clients, we travel around Western Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Erie to Smethport to Bellefonte to Bedford and beyond on a daily basis.  While driving around, I (Paul G. Mayer, Jr.) try to take a minute every once and awhile to appreciate the beautiful scenery and interesting people of our Commonwealth in "Hittin' the Road with Friday & Cox", I 'll give you the hilghlights.  Hope you enjoy it.

A guide to workers' compensation in Pennsylvania - Part 1

Workers in Pennsylvania or anywhere in the U.S. are entitled to compensation when they suffer an injury or an illness at the workplace. The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act ensures that an injured worker gets medical expense reimbursements and also compensation until such time the person is able to rejoin the workforce. Surviving family members of a worker who dies in a work-related accident also may be entitled to death benefits.

Most workers are covered under the Workers' Compensation Act. That includes both part-time and seasonal workers. All organizations need to follow the guidelines of the Workers' Compensation Act. Some employees are covered by other laws, as well. These workers include harbor or shipyard workers and railroad workers, among others. Workers who do not enjoy such coverage may include casual or temporary workers and agricultural laborers.

DNFSB keeps tabs on safety at nuclear facilities

As some Pennsylvania workers know, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board was created by the U.S. Congress to inspect nuclear power facilities in order to identify the probability of a workplace accident occurring. The board's main objective is to bring any safety issues discovered to the attention of the highest government authority and to ensure that the public is also informed of any potential for work accidents.

The board also ensures that the health of defense nuclear facility workers is adequately protected and that the work environment is kept safe from threats of accidents. Also, the board diligently works to ensure the nation's defense nuclear facilities remain stable.

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