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What are the top safety hazards in the manufacturing industry?

If you work in the manufacturing industry, it goes without saying that you understand the things you can do to improve your overall level of safety. You should also have a clear understanding of the top safety hazards, as this knowledge can go a long way in keeping you safe.

While you never know what could go wrong in a manufacturing setting, here are some of the top safety hazards:

  • Falls. It doesn't matter if you trip and fall on the ground or at height, this can result in a variety of injuries, such as broken bones and concussion.
  • Heavy machinery. As a worker in the manufacturing industry, you're probably in close proximity to heavy machinery on a regular basis. It's important to know the steps you can take to use each piece of equipment in a safe and effective manner.
  • Vehicle accidents. For example, if you use an industrial truck or forklift, you need to do so in a safe manner.
  • Electrical shock. Just the same as many industries, those who work in manufacturing are often in close proximity to many types of electricity. It's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to electricity, as shock is a real risk.

Do you work as a nurse? Watch for these health risks

It goes without saying that nurses spend most of their day doing whatever it takes to provide patients with a high level of care. Unfortunately, this devotion often leads a nurse to overlook his or her own personal level of health and safety.

There is no way for nurses to completely avoid the health risks associated with their profession. Even so, with knowledge of the most common health risks, it's much easier to avoid a situation that results in injury and/or illness.

Emergency room nurses are at the epicenter of violence

People don't go to nursing school with the expectation that they'll be the victims of gang violence, threats and other crime every day at work. However, for many nurses working in inner city hospitals, that's their reality.

One nurse in a Chicago hospital said, "Every night nurses are verbally abused, physically threatened, spit on . . . They say, ‘I'll get you after work.' A paramedic say that family members who are angry because their child was killed sometimes threaten health care professionals.

Marzzacco Named in 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers

Attorney Christopher Marzzacco, owner of Marzzacco Niven & Associates, has again been selected by his peers as a 2018 Super Lawyer. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The 2018 lists were published this week in Super Lawyers Magazine and on SuperLawyers.com.

Potential health and safety issues for delivery persons

Do you work as a delivery person? Do you ever stop to think about the potential health and safety issues associated with your career?

Even if you enjoy your job, it doesn't mean you will never suffer an injury. You need to be aware of everything that could go wrong, as this knowledge can help keep you safe.

Getting fired in Pennsylvania after an injury

The rights that workers have in the United States often depend, to some extent, on the state that they are in. It also depends on the employer for which they work. If you work in Pennsylvania for a private company, this generally means that your employer can fire you "at-will". This means that they can technically fire you and give you no formal reason or justification for the termination of your employment.

While this is true, there are also many anti-discrimination and employee protection laws that can prosecute certain behavior. This means that while employers do not need to give a reason for firing you, if it is obvious that they fired you for a discriminatory reason, they can be liable to face legal action.

What's a work-related injury or illness in Pennsylvania?

Work-related injuries or illnesses are defined by Pennsylvania state lawmakers as being any medical condition that is either caused by or worsens during the course of an individual's employment.

Many workers mistakingly believe that either their illness or injury must have occurred while they were on their employer's own property in order to stake a claim for workers' compensation. This isn't the case, though. You can file such a claim no matter where your illness or injury occurs, provided that you were in the midst of carrying out work on your employer's behalf at the time it happened.

What’s the best treatment of an ACL injury?

It may not be something you think about often, but an ACL injury could occur when you least expect it. For example, if you work in the construction injury, you could tear your ACL by stepping off a ladder the wrong way or falling into a hole (and that's just two examples).

Despite the fact that an ACL injury can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, there are a variety of treatment strategies. The one you rely on depends largely on the extent of your injury. For instance, treatment of an ACL sprain is not the same as a complete tear.

Do you need to deal with your nurse case manager?

If you've been injured at work, you may be assigned a nurse case manager. You may be told that this person is there to help ensure that you get the proper medical treatment.

While this may seem like a great convenience, it's important to remember that nurse case managers work for your employer's insurance company. Their job, ultimately, is to shorten the amount of time that you're collecting workers' compensation, save money for the employer and insurer and get employees on a return-to-work program.

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