Work-related injuries or illnesses are defined by Pennsylvania state lawmakers as being any medical condition that is either caused by or worsens during the course of an individual's employment.
Anyone who's ever burned the midnight oil at the office is familiar with the hard work done by people who clean those buildings after most of us go home. Of course, cleaning occupations can be back-breaking. However, people who regularly use cleaning products face other serious health risks.
The workplace is one of the leading causes of death in this country, coming in ahead of kidney disease and Alzheimer's disease at fifth. That's according to a Stanford University professor whose new book is called "Dying for a Paycheck."
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.
It can be expected that an employee will face occasional depression associated with any number of issues going on in his or her personal lives or at work.
It's the responsibility of every business owner to ensure that the workplace their employees operate within is both healthy and safe. As such, if there are any known toxins present that may put an employee's health at risk, then it's the employer's responsibility to make their staff aware of them.
If you turn on the television today, it doesn't take long before you hear a commercial about the adverse effects exposure to asbestos can have on your health. Thousands of Americans worked with the naturally-occurring material leading up to it being banned in the 1970s by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With a long incubation period, it's only now that they're finally showing signs of illness from their earlier exposure.
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.
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.
A report recently released by Mental Health America suggests that one out of every 20 employees is suffering from depression.