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August 2014 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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