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.
There is always something tragic about an on-the-job accident, no matter how minor the injury. It is hard not to feel a sense of injustice whenever people are injured while were working hard to make a living.
Lawsuits can be extremely complicated. This is why attorneys are often best suited to handling the matters. A prime example of this is a recent attempt by a worker who was injured while on the premises of her employer. Her on-the-job accident resulted in serious injuries that required medical care and surgery but the courts did not side with her claim.
A subcontractor for PennDOT is in hot water after the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently proposed new fines against the entity. The company works for the state Department of Transportation, performing bridge maintenance in the form of painting. Panthera Painting Inc. is based in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Citations are often issued to companies that leave their workers exposed to heightened risks of workplace injury.
Many workers in Pennsylvania consider the possibility of being injured on the job. Workplace accidents happen quite often and can be out of the victim's control. And while injuries are a legitimate concern, a more serious worry is the potential that an on-the-job injury could result in a fatality. The number of workplace fatalities seen in 2011 is addressed in a recent report published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division of the federal Department of Labor.
A water tower in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, was the site of a recent incident. The tragic workplace accident resulted in the death of a 31-year-old man from Jacobus, Pennsylvania. According to reports, he and two other workers were inside of an empty water tower when the 31-year-old fell to his death. Another employee-a 38-year-old from New Jersey-was suspended by his safety harness for more than three hours during the ordeal. The third employee was not injured in the incident.
According to some, the most common cause for a workplace injury is a motor vehicle accident. Many people drive vehicles for work in Pennsylvania and in one case, a man was denied the insurance benefits for an underinsured motorist under his personal coverage while he was driving a bus for the Berks Area Reading Transit Authority.
On April 25, a 43-year-old woman from Coplay, Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia, was injured by a dump truck while she was working as a traffic flagger at a construction site. Some early reports indicated that she had been injured by a passing driver. This, according to information from the state police, was not the case.
A study paid for by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the RAND Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace has found some startling statistics. According to the report, states that have low nonfatal injury rates for construction workers tend to have high fatal injury rates. Interestingly, the opposite is also true. Reports have indicated that construction has the highest number of fatalities among all segments of the industrial market.