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April 2015 Archives

Employee fatally electrocuted at Pennsylvania worksite

Authorities report that a construction accident on April 13 at the King of Prussia Mall claimed the life of one worker and left two others injured. The worker, a 36-year-old man who was involved in the mall's expansion project, was electrocuted and died two days after the accident.

Construction vehicle backs up, kills worker on PA highway

According to reports, a fatal construction accident in Washington County during the afternoon hours of April 9 resulted in the death of a 43-year-old man who was working with other construction crew employees. The incident occurred on Route 22 in a work zone as the workers were repairing a section of a damaged guardrail.

Car accident may have been caused by distracted driving

On this blog, we talk about dangers associated with distracted driving behaviors such as texting while behind the wheel. When a driver takes his or her eyes off the road for even a few seconds to attend to a message or some other task, it is possible that they could fail to see something and be involved in an accident.

Studies show inhaled manganese risks

Manganese is a naturally occurring element that the human body can digest and excrete any excess. When the manganese is inhaled over a prolonged period, however, the body may have a different reaction. Pennsylvania readers may want to know that studies have shown the inhaled manganese has led to symptoms similar to those occurring to people who have Parkinson's disease. These include poor balance, tremors, muscle rigidity and slow movements.

Has you unemployment compensation stopped?

Unemployment compensation stopped? Considering Workers' Compensation? A worker may be disabled from the regular duties of their work, but otherwise be available for lighter or modified work. Unemployment compensation is payable under such circumstances. The definition of disability under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act t has resulted in the rule that it is not necessarily inconsistent for a claimant to receive both workers' compensation and unemployment compensation at the same time.

Safety programs reduce workers' compensation claims

There are many things that workers take into consideration when looking for a job. One of the things that likely ranks high for most job hunters is a safe workplace. Though workers' compensation benefits are usually available to individuals who are injured in an accident or become ill due to workplace conditions, workers would probably say that they would prefer to have not been injured in the first place. In the long run, this could be best for businesses as well.

Oil refinery worker fatalities

Pennsylvania residents may be interested to learn of a recent study regarding oil refinery workers both before and after the deadly British Petroleum refinery explosion in Texas City in 2005. The explosion, which occurred in 2005, represents one of the most-studied refinery accidents in recent history.

Workers' compensation claims rise in the spring

After winter, when spring comes around, many people in Pennsylvania decide to begin their spring cleaning, including businesses. While this leaves many people feeling renewed and ready to undertake new things, it could have another benefit as well. It may make the workplace a safer place to be and reduce workers' compensation claims.

OSHA reports safety violations led to deadly trench collapse

Pennsylvania workers may wish to know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 10 safety violations to a New Jersey landscaping company in connection with a deadly trench collapse in October 2014. The agency is recommending fines totaling $77,000.

Unemployment Compensation and Workers' Compensation

Unemployment Compensation and Workers' Compensation. The award or receipt of unemployment compensation benefits by an employee is not a bar to the receipt of workers' compensation benefits under the law. However there are a few things one should know.

Injuries in nursing field prevalent, strong legislation stalled

Pittsburgh employees may be interested in some information about one occupation that may be at greater risk of on-the-job injury than others. Pushback against legislation, however, may be preventing the proactive safety measures that could prevent these injuries.

Workers' Compensation Exam Requests

On Workers' Compensation benefits and what does all this mail I'm getting mean? Good question. There are all different types of mailings one could be getting while off for a work related injury two of which I will discuss here : Notice of Ability to Return to Work and Requests for Medical Examinations.

Work Related Injuries and Owner Negligence

Work related injuries and negligence or can I sue my employer in Pennsylvania? These are questions we frequently get asked here at Dugan & Associates, Lawyers representing injured people. First some background.

3 workers dead, 1 injured when scaffolding gave way

Pennsylvania residents may have heard about a work-related accident in North Carolina that claimed the lives of three construction workers and left one seriously hurt. A malfunctioning scaffold was to blame for the fatal accident on March 24, according to reports.

Workers' compensation claims and deaths down in 2014

According to a recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal workplace accidents declined again in 2014, reinstating a trend that has been ongoing for the last 12 years, with the exception of 2012. That being said, the rate of serious injury and illness on the job in 2014 was tallied at three million workers.

Less serious workers' compensation claims are still worth filing

While serious work injuries often make headlines, the reality is that the most common types of injuries suffered by workers are not as dramatic, according to the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety's 2014 Workplace Safety Index. The index looks at the nonfatal workplace injuries that occur each year and ranks the causes. The information most recently released pertains to 2013. Accordingly, claims data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance, as well as Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety's workers' compensation claims data from 2013 was used. A worker had to be out of work for at least six days to be considered.

Workmen's compensation basics

What is Workers' Compensation? Workers' Compensation can be awarded if you sustain an on the job injury or work related illness. Under the law you are to be compensated for wage loss benefits and payment of medical bills until you are able to return to work. In certain instances there are survivors benefits for work related deaths and specific loss benefits for amputations, loss of use for all practical intents and purposes, and scar claims.

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