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What steps should I follow after an injury on the job?

While some industries are more dangerous than others to work in, virtually anyone can get hurt on the job. When you become injured, your likely goal is to get relief from your pain as quickly as possible. In moments like those, you may not remember what steps your employer requires you to take if you're hurt on the job. Even if you know them, you may wonder if you're really obligated to see a doctor of their selection or if you can see one of your own.

An East Allen conductor is crushed in between train cars

A train crash and derailment at a cement plant in Northhampton County earlier this month resulted in one of the employees there being transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. The incident happened at the Keystone Cement Company in East Allen Township right around noon.

Amazon requires workers to wear tech vests to minimize injuries

Over the past five years, several workers were seriously injured or killed in workplace incidents in Amazon warehouses throughout the United States. Now, the e-commerce giant has responded by requiring its workers to wear a "Robotic Tech Vest" to help colleagues and robots better track where they're working in the facility in an effort to curb injuries.

U.S. nonfatal work injuries and illnesses reach 1.1 million

A recent Injury, Illnesses, and Fatalities report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the end of last month shows that the number of nonfatal occupational illnesses and injuries reported in 2017 was 1.1 million. This number equates to 98 per 10,000 employees.

Dock workers must take steps to look out for their own safety

If you work at a distribution center, manufacturing plant or warehouse, then you're likely aware of how busy your facility's loading dock is. Since truckers are often on a set schedule, dockworkers must use forklifts to move things around quickly so that they can send them on their way. Having to rush to get things done leaves dockworkers vulnerable to getting hurt.

Certain industries continue to be plagued by worker injuries

New data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Nov. 8 showed that 45,800 fewer worker illnesses and injuries were reported in 2017 compared to the previous year. Despite this reduction, a staggering 2.8 million workers ended up getting hurt or falling ill last year -- a rate that equates to 2.8 per every 100 full-time employees.

Injured Workers to Get Increased Funding for Uninsured Employer Claims

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. 

Gov. Wolf signs a bill requiring injured workers to be reexamined

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.

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