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December 2016 Archives

An overview of workplace safety rights

You probably wonder, what is the extent of your right to a safe work environment? The majority of your rights are enumerated under two sets of law, federal law in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSH Act), and in your respective state law which supplements your federal rights. The OSHA Act established that workers are entitled to a safe workplace and that it is the duty of the employers to ensure that safe work environment. But the OSH Act does not grant employees blanket rights to forestall every possible danger; it balances the right to safety against the burden on the employer. This post will go over that balancing act and how it affects you. 

Can you refuse to work in an unsafe environment?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), about 5,000 people die due to work accidents and injuries every year; a further 50,000 die due to exposure to dangerous substances (think asbestos). Furthermore, four million people suffer on the job injuries. With all of these stark numbers, the question becomes "can you refuse to work in an unsafe environment?" This post will go over your right to safety.  

Rules to collect partial workers' compensation

Most people believe that workers' compensation is only available if you suffer serious injuries that prevent you from working. That is not true. You are entitled to receive workers? compensation for any injury incurred on the job, including ones that allow you to keep working. This post will go over workers' compensation and how it is affected by working part-time. 

Winter Workplace Safety

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The weather is about to take that nasty turn toward ice and snow. With winter weather comes many potential hazards, especially in the workplace. From slips and falls to exposure to biting wind chill temperatures, there are all kinds of ways to get injured in the workplace at this time of year. Be aware, and you can save yourself and your co-workers a lot of hardship this season.

New rule to reduce fall accidents

Falls remain a leading cause of serious injury and death in many workplaces. To combat this persistent trend, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is adopting new rules to improve fall prevention and safety. Most of the rules are set to take effect immediately. This post will go over the new regulations and how it affects you at work. 

5 facts about Pennsylvania workers' compensation

On-the-job injuries can lead to costly medical care and time off work. Workers shouldn't be held responsible for those costs. Therefore, employers in Pennsylvania must have workers' compensation coverage for their employees. Without this coverage, employees would either have to cover all of those costs or employers would have to pay them.

Funded Employment

Funded EmploymentFollowing a work-related injury, everyone involved wants to see the injured employee return to work as soon as they are able. In many cases, this can be accomplished by providing light or modified work at the original employer. For some companies, though, there simply isn't any appropriate work available.

Can you refuse to work in unsafe working conditions?

The simple answer is yes; you do not owe your life to your company. If you believe that you are working in dangerous conditions, you can refuse to perform the work. Regardless of the industry, work should be as safely possible. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), employers are required to take steps to protect their workers from dangerous conditions. This post will go over those rights and how they affect you.

Study finds nurses are experiencing more workplace injuries

Many people associate workplace injuries with places like construction sites, mines, and factories. But workplace injuries can occur everywhere, even in offices (albeit with less frequency and seriousness). Unfortunately, a recent study found that assaults on emergency room nurses are on the rise. Emergency room nurses respond to dangerous situations every day and are thus more exposed to harm than other medical professionals.

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