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September 2016 Archives

Repetitive trauma due to working conditions

Employers have a duty to protect their employees from workplace injuries. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) requires all employers to take considerable steps to keep employees safe. But in some cases, injuries are difficult to avoid. Some injuries take place gradually with time and show symptoms after months, or even years. One of these workplace illnesses is repetitive stress injury.

Construction workers face silicosis due to working conditions

Workplace injuries can be painful and difficult to deal with for the employer. It may result in the employee needing some time off work. The employer must also pay for the medical expenses of the injured employee. Injuries are often dealt with quickly, and employees return back to work as soon as possible. On the other hand, occupational illnesses are often caused because of long term working conditions.

Dealing with construction site injuries

Working in the construction industry increases the probability of serious injury while on the job. Falling objects and electrocutions are some of the major causes of injuries on construction sites. You might be eligible for benefits and compensation if you're injured at a construction work site.

Who is responsible for a slip and fall injury?

If you slip and injure yourself on your employer's property, then the person on whose property you injured yourself may be accountable to pay for your injuries. People fall, trip, and slip on wet floors or maybe freshly polished floors. Sometimes a crease in the carpet may cause a fall. Scaffolding or poor working conditions with hazardous biochemicals may also cause undue harm to a worker. If this happens at work, the employee is entitled to receive compensation.

Who Heals the Healers? Nursing & Hospital Accidents

dugan2.jpgFar too often, those we trust with helping us heal become hurt themselves in that line of duty. Nurses and other hospital workers bear some of the highest rates of work-related injuries of any profession. According to a report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2011, hospital employees are hurt on the job more often than construction workers.

Consider applying for benefits after a workplace injury

Falling accidents may be due to dangerous working conditions or a company not properly inspecting working areas. These companies may be unregulated and may not have the appropriate safety regulations in place. If you have been injured at work due to negligence and poor maintenance and the company you work for has ignored your injury claim, you may want to consider reporting your company to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Scaffold-related accidents are common but preventable

Construction sites witness accidents on an everyday basis. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimated that 2.3 million construction employees work on scaffolds. Injuries from scaffold accidents might be serious in many cases. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics study, more than 70 percent of scaffold injuries were due to falling or slipping, being hit by a falling object and faulty equipment. It is safe to say that Scaffold-related accidents happen far too frequently and leave workers with serious injuries.

Inhaling hazardous chemicals can cause terminal illness

Is it possible to be diagnosed with a terminal illness at work?  Work-related illnesses are more common than we would like to think, especially when an employee is inhaling silica or asbestos. The chemical compound of silica is an oxide of silicon. It is found in slate and quartz. If you are a worker, and you have been inhaling way too much silica, you can develop the lung disease silicosis.

How to get compensation for your injuries

After a catastrophic construction accident, you may not be able to continue in your previous role and you may have difficulty finding work. You are probably bombarded with never-ending bills for medical expenses and other related costs. You might still be in pain. You will most likely be worried about how you will afford your new lifestyle and take care of your family.

Follow these tips to alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome pain

When there is an aching and throbbing in your body, most of us go to our usual solution to the problem: by taking ibuprofen or cooling the injury. When it comes to carpal tunnel syndrome, it can become a struggle when the remedy does not work and the pain returns.

What to expect from an IME after a work injury

If you filed a disability claim under workers' compensation you may feel a little rattled. The process is very important for you as it may determine or be a factor in determining if your work-related injury or illness still qualifies you for continuing your workers' comp benefits.

How do I file a construction injury claim?

We often talk about how construction workers face some of the most severe and constant dangers of workers in any industry, and how workers' compensation benefits are thus extremely important for them. However, if you have ever been injured in a construction accident, or if you work in construction and wish to be prepared, you may wonder how best to go about filing a claim.

If you are injured on the job, you should be compensated

If you are a construction worker and have been injured in a work-related accident due to any unsafe conditions, you may be eligible for workers' compensation. Scaffolding is one of the most common causes of accidents, and ensuring worksite safety is the responsibility of the employer. Poor quality of materials your company used for building the scaffold structure may have caused you to fall and sustain a serious injury. These injuries, if not treated, may result in permanent disability.

Work related faults due to defective equipment

Many construction workers suffer falls due to defective equipment at a construction site, which can end a career or life. Severe injuries can also take place when employees are expected to handle heavy machinery and equipment. If an employee has not been properly trained to operate such equipment, accidents are bound to happen.

Workers' Compensation 101

dugan gated.PNGNobody expects to be injured on the job. In fact, many employers dedicate a large portion of their budget to educating employees on safe practices and restructuring facilities in order to meet safety codes. Unfortunately, accidents still happen. In a typical year, more than six million work-related injuries and illnesses occur in the United States. According to the PA Department of Labor & Industry, there were over 166,000 work injuries and illnesses in Pennsylvania in 2015 alone. The good news is, if you were to fall off a ladder and break your leg, cut off your finger working in a deli, or develop an illness because of your job, workers' compensation is supposed to cover your medical costs and pay you for any days of work you miss. Additionally, death benefits for work-related deaths are paid to your dependent survivors.

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