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How can I avoid being struck-by or caught-in work equipment?

Pennsylvania workers in the energy industry (such as gas and oil drilling) face a myriad of risks on a daily basis. Hazards known as struck-by or caught-in/between are exceedingly common, and can result in debilitating injury or death under severe circumstances. Accordingly, it's important for you to be aware of methods for preventing injury when using machinery or other equipment that poses a risk.

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.

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.

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.

Flames aren't the only workplace danger facing firefighters

When it comes to workplace dangers, few workers can say they encounter as many dangers as firefighters do. From flames to dense smoke, falling debris and collapsing floors, firefighters oftentimes find themselves in harm's way and at high risk of potentially suffering an injury as well.

How can I identify post-traumatic stress disorder?

If you are a first responder working in Pennsylvania, post-traumatic stress disorder can be a very real concern when providing emergency medical care. Particularly traumatic events, such as scenes of violence or severe auto accidents, can take a significant toll on both your emotional and physical well-being. To this end, being able to recognize the common signs and symptoms of PTSD is the first step to receiving the assistance you need.

Can independent contractors receive workers’ compensation?

If you are an independent contractor in Pennsylvania, you may wonder whether or not you’ll be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits if hurt on the job. Unfortunately, determining whether a worker is considered an independent contractor can be a bit difficult to ascertain.

Office hazards can result in serious workplace injury

While offices throughout Pennsylvania are thought to be relatively safe, there exists a variety of hazards unique to corporate workplaces that are capable of seriously injuring workers. Fortunately, many of these hazards can be avoided, provided that both employers and workers remain vigilant about upholding office safety for all involved.

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.

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.

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