Even though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides strict guidelines to employers in order to prevent workplace injuries, many Pennsylvania workers suffer from disabling workplace injuries. Such injuries can often lead to years of recuperation, as well as total or partial disabilities that can be temporary or even permanent, depending on the nature and seriousness of the injury suffered during the course of employment.
Pennsylvania law mandates that all employers carry workers' compensation liability insurance that covers all employees unless an employee is excluded under the law. When a Pennsylvania employee falls ill or is injured on the job, the employee can file a compensation claim with the employer. Medical expenses, lost wages and other related expenses are paid to the employee either by the employer or an insurance company.
Workplace accidents are extremely common across the entire United States. Sometimes, they occur when they are least expected. However, if a workplace accident does occur, it is the right of the worker to collect workers' compensation benefits in order to make it easier to live financially. If the worker unfortunately dies, the family also has the right to compensation. Authorities are investigating the death of a 52-year-old Amazon employee at a Pennsylvania warehouse on Sunday. The Harrisburg Area Occupational Safety and Health Administration office is investigating the workplace accident to piece the puzzle together.
Injuries and illnesses on the job can develop over time or as a result of negligence. It is important for a company to ensure workplace safety and monitor the health of its workers regularly to prevent serious injuries and illnesses from occurring. According to a study, occupational injuries and illnesses in the United States cost $250 billion annually; many of these are caused by workplace accidents in states such as Pennsylvania.