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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.

Workplace fatalities have been alarmingly high in the past few years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics in Pennsylvania recorded nearly 4,400 fatalities. Transportation-related fatalities were found to be higher than from direct accidents with work-related equipment. Transportation injuries were expected to be even higher than the preliminary reading of 63 in the first half of this year.

The construction industry recorded the maximum number of work-related deaths. Agriculture and fishing industries also reported high fatalities. Workers may find themselves at a disadvantage when going against their employers to establish a workers' compensation case. However, professional help is available for a worker to pursue compensation due him or her.

Source: BLS.gov, "Workplace fatalities in Pennsylvania - 2012," Accessed on Oct. 17, 2014

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