Injuries and illnesses on the job can develop over time or as a result of negligence. It is important for a company to ensure workplace safety and monitor the health of its workers regularly to prevent serious injuries and illnesses from occurring. According to a study, occupational injuries and illnesses in the United States cost $250 billion annually; many of these are caused by workplace accidents in states such as Pennsylvania.
A recent, late-night accident on a local interstate highway shut down the eastbound lanes of the roadway when a milk truck caught fire. The local fire department was on the scene as quickly as possible, extinguishing the fire within 10 minutes. The truck driver, who tried to douse the flames before the arrival of emergency crews, sustained minor injury when one of the tires exploded in her face. The cause of the fire was being investigated.
A truck is a portable workplace and provides the opportunity for worker injury every mile on the road. A driver can never know when an accident will happen but if one does, through no fault of the employee, the onus is on the company to adequately compensate an injured worker. Workers’ compensation does not necessarily end with paying medical bills. If a worker is unable to resume work after the injury, it would also mean disability payment, retraining and rehabilitation.
A victim of workplace injuries or illness can contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to ensure adequate compensation for medical expenses and lost wages that may result from such accidents. A workers’ comp attorney would also leave no stone turned in the process of holding negligent parties accountable for the occurrence.
Source: ErieTVNews.com, Milk truck catches fire on I-90, driver injured, Deedee Sun, May 4, 2014