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March 2018 Archives

Tree care workers increasingly find themselves at risk of injury

Workers who are employed in the tree-care industry put their lives at risk every day in United States. They regularly risk being struck by falling limbs, getting an arm caught in a stump grinding machine, being electrocuted, slipping or falling from ridiculous heights. As many as 80 tree-care workers die each year in the U.S. alone.

The steps you take after being injured at work are critical

If your hand gets caught in a meat grinder while you're working at a butcher shop or you become ill from breathing in moldy air circulating in your office building, then you may be able to file a workers' compensation (WC) claim. While many employers in Pennsylvania are required to offer WC insurance, not every workplace injury is covered, neither is every worker is entitled to protection under these types of laws either.

Did you suffer from retaliation because of a workers' comp claim?

Employees who suffer injuries related to their job duties in Pennsylvania usually have the right to file a workers' compensation claim to recoup the costs associated with their medical care and time spent unable to work. Nevertheless, some employers are guilty of treating an employee poorly in retaliation against the employee's decision to pursue workers' compensation benefits. Such retaliation by employers is considered discrimination and it's highly unlawful.

What's causing the surge in black lung disease?

Since the 1970s, safety officials have worked to reduce the respiratory diseases caused by inhaling coal mine dust that were all too common among miners and known collectively as black lung disease. As the 21st century began, instances of black lung disease were at a record low.

A Somerset prison guard dies after being kicked by inmate

A Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) guard died on Monday, Feb. 26, after having suffered a head injury as a result of being kicked repeatedly by an inmate 11 days earlier on Feb. 15. Now the DOC has removed the work boots that are believed to have caused the officer's fatal injuries from its commissary shelves.

Always report workplace injuries as soon as possible

No one goes to work with the intention of ending up injured. However, many people do end up hurt at some point in their career. Hundreds of people get hurt on the job every day across the United States. Depending on your line of work, there may be a wide range of risk factors for a serious work injury.

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