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What happens if you are injured in a workplace accident?

You warned the general contractor that if he didn't properly secure the lines then it was likely things would fall. You warned him and he told you not to worry about it. Well, what you said would happen, happened. Someone on the crew was injured by a falling piece of equipment. Even if you work in a dangerous job like construction, you never expect to be injured. You have worked hundreds of jobs and put in thousands of hours. You are as comfortable on a construction site as you are at home.

Increased risk for injury as delivery economy expands

All sorts of companies from Amazon to mom-and-pops tucked away in historic Pittsburgh neighborhoods are responding to the delivery revolution. They are doing this by offering delivery options for in-store and online customers. They are also doing it to become "access points" for delivery companies. It isn't cost-efficient for delivery companies to drive a package to everyone's door all the time. So delivery companies have responded by offering free or reduced shipping prices for customers to pick up their packages at these "access points."

Sub-contractors have rights too

Construction projects are composed of varying levels of supervisory capacity. At the very top is the owner of the building or land that hired everyone. Beneath that person is the general contractor hired to manage the construction of the site itself. Beneath the general contractor come the various sub-contractors. Some of them will be large, like soil grading companies and others will be small one-man operations like electricians or forklift operators.

Workers' compensation covers those in industrial job sector

Pittsburgh remains a very industrial town. The Rust Belt may be in decline, but manufacturing remains a robust part of the Pittsburgh economy, and will remain so for the foreseeable future. All of this rosy economic data are great, however, this also means that industrial and factory accidents will remain a part of Pittsburgh's future for the time being.

What type of injury implicates workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation is an overarching type of insurance that employers must buy into. In Pennsylvania, that number is one or more employees either part-time or full-time, so basically every single employer must get insurance. Workers' compensation is a way to distribute the risk of employment injuries. All employers must buy into the system to spread risk around to reduce costs. This means that employees cannot file a civil suit, they must utilize the workers' compensation system for their recovery. As a result, the workers' compensation system is faster and easier than the courts.

Workplace illnesses are not always industrial

Most people associate workplace illnesses with difficult jobs like coalmines, industrial steel, automotive mechanics and other jobs in which the human body is exposed to dozens of harmful chemicals on a daily basis. However, there are other jobs in which illness is an ever-present threat, working in the wilderness. Ecologists, biologists, conservationists, rangers and other professionals that are constantly engaging with wild animals are at huge risk of contracting diseases. These diseases are present in plants, animals and insects.

Car Accident Injury Timeline

What to do after you are involved in a car accident. Accidents happen and you may not be thinking clearly after you are in a car crash. You may even be injured. Knowing what to do in case of an accident is important. Adrenaline may be flowing, injuries and commotion can be disorientating. While every accident is unique the steps one should take after a motor vehicle accident are similar.

Government extends deadline for railroad safety compliance

In late October, the federal government once again passed legislation extending the deadline for railroads to comply with new safety regulations. The bill's passage appears to be good news for the railroad executives who had voiced concern over the economic impact of the new legislation. However, the news may not be so good for Pennsylvania railroad workers who are at high risk for workplace accidents.

OSHA joins forces with employers to reduce workplace illness

Pennsylvania residents who work in industries that have high incident rates of workplace illness may be interested in a new partnership formed between employers in four other states and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. The partnership, which involves employers in the poultry industry, is a groundbreaking approach to preventing on-the-job injuries and illnesses associated with employment. If the partnership is a success, it may become a standard. If successful, this collaboration has the potential to one day help Pennsylvania workers more thoroughly avoid workplace illness.

Car Accident common mistakes; What to do after a crash.

Car accident common mistakes we've seen over the years tell us that there are some things you can do to help protect you in case you are in a car accident. Motor vehicle accidents happen. It's almost impossible to prepare as you never know when you could be in one. Even the most skilled and cautious of drivers have been in a car accident. However you can try to be prepared for what to do following a car crash. What can or should you do? Protect your rights. What happens after your car accident could effect you, your loved ones, and possibly your entitlement to benefits or money.

Some blame Pennsylvania industrial accidents on OSHA failures

Pennsylvania, known for years for the production of steel and coal mining, has welcomed a new industry thanks to Marcellus Shale drilling. In fact, in just over 10 years, nearly 10,000 new wells have been drilled in the state. Along with the increase in the number of wells, an increase in the number of industrial accidents has also been seen. While more industrial sites naturally lead to an increase in the number of industrial accidents, some are wondering if a lack of inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is to blame.

Authorities' crackdown aimed at preventing construction accidents

A number of federal and state organizations, including agencies in Pennsylvania, are cracking down on contractors in hopes of increasing safety in the workplace and reducing the number of construction accidents. The consequences contractors may face if they become the subjects of this crackdown include fines, legal actions, and even criminal charges. While contractors may not see the upside to this new push, workers will definitely benefit from a decrease in the number of construction accidents.

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