November 2017 Archives

Protecting your rights to workplace safety

No matter what profession you choose or the environment in which you work, you have the right to a safe workplace. Over a long enough period of time with a single employer, most people experience or witness unsafe work conditions of one form or another. In most cases, an employer addresses them fairly and quickly to keep employees safe.

First Energy is sued for power plant workers' injuries and deaths

The widows of two power plant workers and their two injured colleagues joined together is filing a lawsuit against the regional electricity provider First Energy (FE) on Thursday, Nov. 16. The suit, which was filed in the federal district courthouse of Western Pennsylvania, accuses FE's administrators of both negligence and carelessness.

What's considered a permanent injury?

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a permanent injury is described as one that impacts an individual's ability to perform the same type of work that they were able to do before the incident. The classification of permanently disabled can also be used to describe a situation in which a worker cannot make necessary adjustments because of the injuries they've suffered as well.

Ways to reduce ergonomic worker injuries

One national property and casualty insurance underwriter estimates that some 20 percent of all employees call off work because of injuries that can be attributed to poorly designed offices. Workers who are employed in physically demanding fields or who work in retail establishments, factories and offices all suffer ergonomic types of injuries. These types of injuries result in ever-increasing costs for employers each year.

A Pennsylvania Turnpike worker is struck, killed on the job

Pennsylvania State Police put out a statement on Tuesday, Oct. 10 acknowledging that a construction worker, who'd been working near the Kittatinny Tunnel early that morning, was struck and killed on the job.

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