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Assisting those who have suffered a workplace injury

Each day, hard-working employees are injured in workplace accidents. While workplace accidents can't always be prevented, some never should have occurred or were caused by the negligence of another. In Erie, Pennsylvania, and across the United States, those who have suffered an injury in the workplace because of negligent behavior should carefully evaluate all options on the table and may want to consider legal action. At Friday & Cox LLC, our law firm is committed to supporting people who are facing these challenges firsthand.

In addition to accidents involving negligence, there are a wide variety of other types of accidents employees are hurt in. For example, a health care worker could be infected with a disease after being exposed to an infected patient. Also, some employees have been exposed to toxic chemicals at work, resulting in health complications. Furthermore, repetitive stress can lead to injuries that cause physical pain and prevent employees from working. If you have experienced any of these problems, confronting the situation as soon as possible is vital.

Providing support to injured construction workers

Whether someone drives a semi truck or works in an office, there are a number of dangers present in the workplace. However, construction workers often find themselves in particularly risky situations and face a wide variety of risks on the job, such as falling off of a roof or ladder, an accident involving machinery and falling objects, to name a few. At Friday & Cox LLC, we work hard to support construction workers who were hurt in a construction site accident in Erie, and other parts of Pennsylvania.

After a construction accident occurs, victims may experience all sorts of challenges. Sadly, some people lose their lives in these accidents, leaving their loved ones with permanent emotional pain. Even when construction workers are able to survive an accident, the road to recovery can be tremendously difficult. For example, they may be unable to pay for medical expenses incurred as a result of the incident, could face severe physical pain or may be unable to continue working due to their injury. From painful injuries to financial problems, construction accidents can carry serious consequences and it is absolutely critical for workers who were hurt to explore all avenues and attempt to move forward as soon as possible.

Common scaffolding hazards in construction

Thousands of construction workers are injured every year in Pennsylvania and across the country. A large number of accidents causing debilitating or fatal injuries are from falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are many ways to slip or trip and fall on the job, but scaffolding accidents are among the most prevalent in the construction industry.

The Brookhaven National Laboratory has outlined numerous guidelines on scaffolding safety, as described by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Many workers who are injured in scaffolding accidents are improperly trained or fail to implement safety standards. There are ways to address the common types of scaffolding incidents that can dramatically improve worker safety.

Garbage truck worker killed in backup accident

As numerous posts in this blog have pointed out, there are some jobs that are inherently more dangerous than others. Construction and industrial work are near the top of the list, but so are drivers for particular professions. Commercial drivers who navigate busy city streets in Pennsylvania are no exception. Workers’ compensation law under the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry is meant to provide benefits for those injured in workplace accidents, but the law may also compensate the families of victims who were killed on the job. The purpose of death benefits is to aid those who are impacted by the loss of a deceased family member’s income.

A recent accident in Erie illustrated one of the dangers that commercial truck workers face. In October, a 23-year-old man was riding on the back of a refuse truck next to a co-worker. The driver backed up into a utility pole without knowing he had crushed the young man hanging onto the back. The man was pinned between the truck’s rear driver’s side and the pole. It was determined that numerous blunt force trauma injuries killed the worker. Authorities were still investigating the accident and the other workers for signs of intoxication or cellphone use. They stated that the truck appeared to be in good repair and working properly.

What risks do construction workers face with electricity?

If you are a construction worker in Pennsylvania, you will already know that one of the greatest dangers you face on the job is electric shock. Most of the time, electrical cables and wires would be de-energized before you work on or near them. In some cases, however, it may be necessary to work on live wiring. At other times, someone could mistakenly neglect to turn off the power source or fail to use proper grounding procedures to avoid electrocution.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that fatal electrical accidents increased among electricians in 2014 from the previous year. While working around electrical cables or equipment, you may face the following hazards:

  • Severe burns
  • Injuries from an arc flash or blast
  • Fires or explosions

Back injuries on the job

Countless people in Pennsylvania and across the country suffer from back injuries each year. This is especially true for those injured on the job. Back injuries account for one out of five job-related injuries or illnesses, states the U.S. Department of Labor. Every year, over 1 million employees suffer from a back injury on the job.

What are the most common ways an employee might hurt his or her back at work? A typical injury might occur in the following situations:

  • Lifting a box or other heavy item improperly
  • Carrying or holding a heavy item for an extended period of time
  • Lowering the item without the proper support or technique
  • Attempting to pick up an object that is too heavy for one person to safely lift
  • Failing to use a dolly, forklift or other implement meant for safe lifting, and attempting to pick up the item on one’s own

Miners may be at risk of illness from radiation exposure

At the law office of Friday & Cox LLC, we have handled numerous workers’ compensation cases over the years in which miners were gravely injured in workplace accidents. If you’re a miner in Pennsylvania, you already know that you face a variety of dangers on the job every day, including explosions, cave-ins, faulty equipment and suffocation from poor air quality. However, you may not realize that you might also face an occupational illness from radiation exposure in a mine.

Long-term exposure to small amounts of radiation may cause many types of cancer. This is why the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has set limits on how much radiation a worker may be exposed to each year. The standard unit of measurement for radiation in the U.S. is called Roentgen Equivalent Man (REM). Each year, the average American is exposed to one REM or less through natural means. OSHA allows workers a maximum of three REM for whole-body exposure in a calendar quarter.

Workers compensation benefits vary from state to state

Close to three million serious work related injuries and illnesses are reported annually in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, with amputations among the most catastrophic logged injuries. However, the amount a worker receives in workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania for a lost pinkie may be quite different from what he or she is entitled to in Alabama, or even next door in New Jersey.

In the U.S., each state decides for itself how much it will pay out in workers’ compensation benefits. The online magazine Pro Publica states that since no federal minimums are set, workers who suffer the same sort of serious injuries from amputation on either side of a state line may receive vastly different payments. For example:

  •        In Philadelphia, a construction worker who loses a foot may collect a maximum benefit of up to $237,750.
  •        In New Jersey, the limit is $136,344.
  •        The national average is $91,779.

Falls leading cause of fatal injuries for construction workers

In 2013, 20.2 percent of the 4,101 worker fatalities in private industry occurred in construction, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In Philadelphia and on sites everywhere in the U.S., falls took the lead in 2013 for construction worker deaths, accounting for 36.5 percent, or 302, of the total number of fatalities in the industry.

Combustible materials put oil and gas workers in danger

There are a greater number of fatalities from fires and explosions in the oil and gas business than in any other private industry in the U.S., according to Environment and Energy Publishing. E&E states that oil and gas workers in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country comprise less than one percent of the national workforce, but make up ten percent of all fatal workplace accidents from fire and explosions. At Friday & Cox LLC, we understand that when you work with highly combustible materials, you are at risk for injury and death every day.


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