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November 2016 Archives

Does smoking in the workplace affect your workers' compensation?

If you are a non-smoker and suffer health issues due to smoking at your work, you could be entitled to workers' compensation. Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), or second-hand smoke, is an acknowledged health risk, therefore, any harm you suffer from it should be covered by workers' compensation. This post will go over ETS, how it may harm you, and how you might file for compensation.

An overview of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act

Workers' compensation is an insurance regime that compensates workers for injuries incurred on the job by paying their medical bills and lost wages while they recover from the injury. In exchange, the employee does not sue the employer for additional damages, such as pain and suffering. Workers' compensation has been the law in Pennsylvania for over 100 years. This post will go over the Workers' Compensation Act and how it affects Pennsylvania employees.

Typical welding accidents

Welding continues to be an extraordinarily dangerous profession. One small slip and you could be subject to second or third-degree burns, damage to your eyesight, respiratory issues, and even death. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), welders suffer from high fatality rates in the workplace. This post will go over the common injuries associated with welding.

When to expect money from a workers' compensation claim? Part 1

If you're injured on the job, you file a workers' compensation claim. Understandably, especially if you're missing work, you are concerned when those replacement checks are going to start coming in the mail. This post will give a broad overview of the timeline of a workers' compensation claim and when you can expect to receive compensation.

Temporary workers are entitled to a safe workplace

Temporary workers from staffing agencies are, unfortunately, composing a greater share of the workforce. Many people who would prefer full-time employment are unable to secure it and so must rely on occasional work from staffing agencies. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") requires that employers, both the staffing agency and temporary employer, take steps to protect temporary workers. This post will go over those rights.

Mine safety continues to improve

Over the past six years, the Mine Safety and Health Administration ("MSHA"), in conjunction with the mining community, has made great strides in improving mine safety. Mine emergency responses are faster, safer, and better at rescuing trapped workers. This post will go over the improvements and how they can better protect you.

Experts probe aging pipe as cause for industrial injuries

Experts are investigating corrosion of pipelines, especially natural gas, as a possible cause for industrial injuries. According to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, around one-half of Pennsylvania's natural gas transmission pipelines are 45 years old. Recent studies noted that corrosion was responsible for about 28 percent of pipeline accidents over the past 30 years. The vast majority of those accidents occurred on pipelines that were between 30 and 60 years old. This post will go over corrosion and its role in pipeline injuries.

Employer duties when you are injured, Part 1

It may be called "workers' compensation" but that name is deceiving. It isn't all up to you to ensure that you receive all of the necessary information, forms, and deadlines. Your employer is under a duty to make sure that you have access to a lot of that information. This post will go over some of your employers' responsibilities when you suffer an injury.

White House seeks to reduce natural gas blowouts

Oil rigs aren't the only combustible platforms that are prone to blowouts, accidents, and environmental disasters. Natural gas, as it expands its way across the country, is increasingly demonstrating its danger to workers and the community. The issues and science associated with fracking aside, natural gas blowouts are a regular and dangerous occurrence.

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