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The current state of workplace accidents in Pennsylvania

If an employee or worker sustains an injury during the course of employment, or at his or her place of employment, then he or she may be entitled to workers' compensation from that employer or company. The underlying principle of worker's compensation cases is equity. Under this principle, Pennsylvania law dictates that the workplace must be equally safe for the employees. Any worker who meets with injury due to employment responsibilities is entitled to workers' compensation, which can be equated to a type of insurance.

A claimant to workers' compensation needs to meet a three-pronged test to establish a claim. First, it must be proved that the victim was an employee of the company where the injury took place. Second, the victim must have sustained an injury. Last, the sustained injury must have been during the course of employment. Hence a worker must prove that the injury was sustained while on the job and during the course of authorized work.

Pennsylvania zoo worker killed in freak work accident

The death of an employee in a workplace accident raises some serious questions about the employer's roles and responsibilities toward providing a safe environment for its workers. This is because a workplace accident can not only claim the life of an individual and cause his or her family emotional and financial distress, but it also highlights the risks that other workers who perform similar jobs face on a day-to-day basis. One such incident recently occurred at the Philadelphia Zoo.

According to reports, a 57-year-old mechanic was killed after a golf cart, which he was repairing, fell on top of him in the zoo's garage. The victim's body was discovered when he did not show up for a scheduled meeting and another zoo worker came looking for him. The victim was rushed to the hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, but was pronounced dead on arrival. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Business Patron Killed While Crossing State Road, Business Not Liable

When personal injury occurs the details of the accident are key in determining who might be potentially liable, or responsible, for the injury.  The location of the accident is one huge detail that determines liablity.  A business owner might be held liable for injuries sustained by patrons on the business's property, but what about a patron who is crossing the road to get to the business?  A recent Philadelphia County case sheds light on this issue.

What is the leading cause of death in construction?

Construction is considered one the most dangerous job categories in the country. In Erie, Pennsylvania, local readers are familiar with stories about injured construction workers. Some of them suffered severe injuries that prevented them from going to work for a couple of months or until their injuries healed. If you are a construction worker, you have to understand that the nature of your work may be quite risky and one good way for you to avoid construction accidents is to learn more about their common causes.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls were the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry in 2013. There are three ways to prevent falls: plan, provide and train. If you are going to work in high places, you employer has to create a plan that will ensure your safety. The use of safety equipment such as a harness can help you complete your task while minimizing the risk of getting involved in an accident. By planning ahead, construction accidents such as falls can be prevented.

Workers' compensation for Pennsylvania healthcare workers

A Pennsylvania worker's life can be full of dangers, especially if you work in a high-risk industry, such as mining, construction and logging. Erie County, Pennsylvania, workers should know that even though they work in a seemingly safe environment, they can still be exposed to workplace hazards that can cause serious injuries or death. For example, paramedics, healthcare workers and corrections officers are at risk of being exposed to infectious diseases on a daily basis. If these workers contract an occupational disease, they can be entitled to workers' compensation.

Our law firm has extensive experience addressing the needs of workers' compensation cases, so we understand how difficult it may be to obtain benefits. Insurance companies may contest the reason for your disease, saying its origin is not due to your occupation and thus removing your entitlement to compensation. What happens once your claim is denied? If your claim is denied, reimbursement of losses, such as lost wages and medical expenses, is unavailable. As bills pile up, you may be wondering if and how to obtain the compensation you have earned.

Recall of Gas Fireplaces and Inserts

Hearth & Home Technologies is recalling certain models of Gas Fireplaces, Stoves, Inserts and Log Set sold from May through July 2014 due to a faulty gas control valve which can pose a fire risk.  If you believe you may have a unit that is subject to the recall please contact Hearth & Home Technologies at 800-883-6690.  

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.

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