If you live in Pennsylvania, you know that the winter months can bring many challenges for drivers. From cold temperatures and snow and from ice to sleet, you never know what you'll face when you wake up.
If you work outdoors in the state of Pennsylvania, you know that the fall and winter months can pose a challenge. In addition to rain, snow and ice, temperatures are often below freezing.
Far too often, Pennsylvania workers who get hurt on the job find out that their employers do not carry workers' compensation insurance. To protect against this, in 2006, Pennsylvania lawmakers created the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund ("UEGF") to help these injured workers with payment of wage loss and medical benefits. Unfortunately, the UEGF was not properly funded when it was created, and, as a result, payment of the much-needed benefits have been delayed or never paid.Senate Bill 676, a companion to the recently proposed reimplementation of Pennsylvania's Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE) procedures, would increase funding to the UEGF by more than doubling the assessments paid by workers' compensation insurers. This provision would be a welcome change to the current state of affairs for injured workers, who, through no fault of their own, find themselves out of work and without payment of benefits-simply because their employers did not have workers' compensation insurance. In addition, these workers should not suffer because state lawmakers did not properly address funding for the UEGF.
On Oct. 24, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill that will now require seriously injured workers to undergo an additional layer of scrutiny to continue receiving workers' compensation benefits. This latest law essentially overturns the previous law that did away with follow-up exams for workers with the most profound injuries. It was declared unconstitutional in June of last year.
If you suffer a fractured kneecap, you'll immediately know that something is wrong. This injury is associated with a variety of symptoms, including:
It's been less than a year since the documentary film about the children's show icon Fred Rogers -- Won't You Be My Neighbor? -- first captured audiences' hearts at the Sundance Film Festival. Now another film about the beloved host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is in production here in Pennsylvania, starring another beloved figure -- Tom Hanks.
Certain jobs carry with them an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Some do so because job-related tasks are stressful or overly sedentary, workers are exposed to excessive amounts of pollutants or are forced to work fluctuating schedules. Each of these factors can make workers more vulnerable to developing heart disease than others.
A broken leg is a painful injury that can keep you off your feet for an extended period of time. If you have reason to believe you've suffered this injury, you shouldn't hesitate to seek medical attention.
Even if you do your best to avoid rush hour traffic, it's not always possible to do so. There will be times when you find yourself in gridlock, not-quite-grinning and bearing it.
Unfortunately, some people file exaggerated or completely fraudulent claims for workers' compensation. That harms not only employers and the system as a whole but workers who are legitimately injured or ill and entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits.
According to a report published into the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Safe Sound, most workplace illnesses and injuries can be both predicted and prevented. One of the best ways to avoid these incidents is for workers and their supervisors to gain a better understanding as to which ones have occurred in the past and why.
Depending on your profession, you may find yourself operating a tractor every now and again. For example, if you work in the landscaping industry, it's commonplace to spend some time on this type of equipment.