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Health care leads to more workplace injuries than construction

Health care workers in Pennsylvania face a significantly elevated risk of workplace injuries and illnesses when compared to other professionals. Too many health care organizations fail to understand these risks, allowing their employees to suffer workers' injuries from lifting, needle sticks and a variety of other causes. These employers need a wake-up call to prevent ongoing workplace injuries at their hospitals, clinics and home-care facilities.

Confined spaces in sewers and protections for workers inside

As a worker who goes into confined spaces, it's important that you take care of yourself and make sure the area is safe enough for you to enter. You don't want to find that there is no exit if your main exit closes or is impassable, and you don't want to be trapped because the passage suddenly shifts oddly or gets too small.

Can I choose my doctor?

If you're injured on the job in Pennsylvania, you may want to pick out your doctor rather than taking one that the company or insurance company directs you to. Are you allowed to choose your personal doctor or is this choice made for you by those who are footing the bill though workers' compensation?

Family law experts: Adoptees are people, too

Did you know that residents in more than 44 states may not have access to their own birth certificates? This may sound like a major civil rights violation, but in fact, it has more to do with family law. Individuals who have been adopted, including those in Pennsylvania, may be blocked from accessing their authentic birth certificate, leading to family legal issues that are sparking a call to action.

The deadly ties between asbestos and mesothelioma

Some Pennsylvania workers are exposed to hazards periodically or regularly while on the job. Pottstown employers are obligated to take the necessary precautions to prevent workplace illnesses caused by these dangers, whether that means monitoring workspace air quality or providing employees with protective gear.

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