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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.

Understanding work-related disability benefits in PA

If you are injured on the job, you may have questions about the workers’ compensation process in Pennsylvania. Securing benefits is extremely important, especially for long-term injuries that inhibit your ability to earn a living. At Friday & Cox LLC, we know that many people depend on disability benefits to survive. That’s why we work diligently to provide clients a comprehensive understanding of their rights when it comes to workers’ compensation.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry offers some important points on how disability status is classified. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be categorized as partially or totally disabled. Partial disability is defined as an injury that leaves you less than 50 percent impaired and provides up to 500 weeks of benefits. More significant injuries can be covered under total disability status, which involves an incremental assessment of injuries to determine whether total disability is still warranted.  

What equipment do I need to remain protected on work sites?

Workplace safety is a crucial concern for many different professions. However, as an Erie construction worker you are no doubt well-aware of the many dangers posed by an unsafe work site. Personal protective equipment plays an essential role in combatting common construction hazards, which is why it’s so important for you as well as your employer to be fully aware of the type of equipment required to stay safe on the job.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration provides a listing of safety equipment that should be present on each and every construction site. Hand and foot protections can easily be overlooked, which may result in serious injuries. There are many different types of gloves you can utilize as a construction worker, and it’s essential that you choose the right design for the job. When it comes to your feet, opt for boots with reinforced toes to lessen the likelihood of a crushing injury. Having slip-resistant soles is also extremely important, especially when working from great heights.

How to prevent machine-related injuries in the workplace

As a Pennsylvania worker, you are most likely concerned with staying safe at your place of employment. If you regularly use heavy machinery or equipment, you may face a number of risks. Our legal team at Friday & Cox LLC, are well aware of the dangers that machinery can pose when all relevant safety standards are not observed, including the possibility of experiencing an injury due to faulty or improperly maintained equipment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration emphasizes the importance of safe practices when it comes to machine operation in the workplace. Proper protective gear is highly important and must be made accessible by employers to ensure that your safety remains a priority. Facial coverings are vital if you are working with certain types of equipment, as are goggles for eye protection.

Many PA workers face risk of asbestos exposure

Being exposed to asbestos can have a dire impact on the health of PA workers. Despite regulations curtailing the use of asbestos, many workers in numerous industries still run the risk of being exposed and as a result may face very severe health ramifications down the line.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry lists a number of professions where asbestos exposure can occur. These includes mechanics, roofers, installers of drywall, welders and many other laborers. However, the construction industry retains the highest risk when it comes to asbestos exposure. In general, exposure most often occurs during the course of repair or renovation of structures erected before use of asbestos was prohibited in building materials.

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