workplace illness Archives

Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholds a worker's death benefits

On Monday, Nov. 27, Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices denied the consumer products manufacturer Kimberly-Clark's request to appeal an award of death benefits to the widow of one of its former employees. The long-time plant employee had been forced to resign his role with the company back in 2005, some 32 years after starting working for them. Within months, he'd died of an aggressive form of bladder cancer.

How Pennsylvania defines workplace injuries and illnesses

The way that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (PADLI) sees it is that an employer effectively sends a message to a worker when hired. Simply by taking them on, they are sending a message that they're accepting of them and their physical or mental state as it is.

How depression puts employees at higher risk of workplace illness

Many discussions of workplace injuries center around ways in which employees are physically harmed. It's commonplace to hear about a worker coming down with some type of respiratory ailment down the road, hurting their back, perhaps breaking some bones or even getting cut. However, little does one hear about another serious workplace injury employees suffer from: depression.

How employers contribute to their workers' poor mental health

While many employers offer their workers sick days, many of them require their workers to produce doctor's notes to excuse the absence. Despite the fact that the employee taking a mental health day to decompress would be best for both the employee's overall well being and improve their productivity in the workplace, many resist taking one.

Risk factors for mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer

Mesothelioma is a sleeping giant. This is particularly the case for those 11 million individuals who were exposed to asbestos fibers in between the years of 1940 and 1978. That's because this cancer can take a patient 20 to 50 years to began showing signs of illness. Many of those exposed so long ago are only starting to see this illness rear its ugly head.

New form 300A rule from still being reviewed

A new filing rule surrounding From 300A from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still being reviewed. It went into effect on Jan. 1, 2017 and employers now have until Dec. 1, 2017 to comply with the rule. The rule originally made some employers file their 2016 Form 300A by July 1.

Asbestos exposure experiences and respective cancer risks

Asbestos is comprised of naturally-occurring minerals. It's also used in many trades, like the auto and home construction industries, largely because of its ability to resist heat and fire. If you've ever heard someone speak about asbestos though, then most likely he or she has warned you to steer very far away from it. This is because, in recent decades, researchers have found that it can be particularly harmful to an individual's health.

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