When business owners and employees in Philadelphia think about workers' compensation, many do not take injuries resulting from insects and animals into consideration. Although outdoor workplaces are most often associated with injuries resulting from pests, indoor environments also carry this risk. This makes it essential for employers and employees in all types of workplaces to be aware of these types of hazards and minimize their potential.
Each year thousands of workers in Pennsylvania and across the country get sick due to working in an excessively hot workplace. In the latest information available from OSHA, in 2012, more than 30 deaths were attributed to workplace heat-related illnesses.
The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act requires that workers who are injured on the job or who develop a disease or illness related to their employment receive certain forms of benefits. The law requires employers to either carry private workers' compensation insurance, to participate in the state's workers' compensation fund or to be self-insured.
State Police and investigators responded to an accident involving a dump truck and a tractor-trailer at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Sept. 3. It happened along the Pennsylvania Turnpike near an overpass in Upper Merion Township. A Pennsylvania Turnpike worker suffered minor injures in the accident, which caused delays in the eastbound lanes as an investigation was conducted.
A construction accident near Philadelphia has taken the life of a 40-year-old New Jersey man. The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. June 20 in Cherry Hill at an old Blockbuster Video building located in a Route 38 shopping center. According to reports, construction workers were in the process of demolishing the building and had removed all the walls except for one.
A 47-year-old construction worker who lost his leg while working on a renovation project at a landmark Philadelphia building has recently agreed to settle his lawsuit against four defendants, including the project's general contractor. The workplace accident also left the man confined to a wheelchair with a crushed left foot. He claims that he suffers post-traumatic stress disorder. The man will receive $16.3 million according to the terms of the settlement, which was announced on May 28.
There is a growing trend among states to extend workers' compensation claims to include post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by trigger events. Following a November 2013 state supreme court order, workers' compensation benefits were provided for a Pennsylvania State trooper who made a claim for psychological disability after killing a woman who ran in front of his car.
After a recent roof collapse at a Bucks County construction site, rescuers reportedly toiled for an hour to remove an injured worker from the wreckage. The man suffered crushing injuries, and he was taken by air to Temple University Hospital for treatment.
This winter has already been brutal for people throughout Pennsylvania, and many workers in the Philadelphia area have done their part to try to reduce some of the risks faced by motorists trying to navigate slick and snowy roadways.
In Pennsylvania, if you have been injured in the course of your employment, you are entitled to workers' compensation. Unfortunately, though, sometimes employers try to delay or deny the compensation that an injured worker needs. To ensure that they receive the full measure of compensation for injuries, many workers take legal action and consult with a workers' compensation attorney.