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Do you lose if you're injured before Social Security retirement begins?

Three hundred miles east of Pittsburgh is a large, rural public school district that is nestled among the majestic vistas offered by the Pocono Mountains. A worker there recently prevailed in a workers' compensation dispute with the school district that was hoping to avoid paying a substantial portion of his benefits.

A second construction tragedy averted

If you follow the Allegheny River for about a half-hour northeast of Pittsburgh, you will come to the borough of Tarentum. It's there that a construction worker on a roofing job was electrocuted last fall. His aluminum ladder came in contact with a 7,200-volt power line over the home.

How to secure a boiler to prevent industrial accidents

Many Pennsylvania workers are severely injured or even die due to industrial accidents each year. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor as well as the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration, or OSHA, have time and again recommended that all companies that use boilers or other unfired, pressurized vessels on their work premises use adequate vigilance to install and maintain these industrial vessels. Preventing industrial accidents is a fundamental obligation of an employer.

Can Pennsylvanians refuse to work in unsafe working environments?

Under Pennsylvania labor laws, no employee can be forced to work in an unsafe work environment. Laws created and enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor and Occupational Safety Administration give employees the right to refuse work in an environment which is unsafe.

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