Ashley Furniture's Pennsylvania facilities will undergo inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the federal safety agency levied proposed fines of $431,000 against the furniture manufacturer. The fines were due to safety violations that occurred in Wisconsin at one of the company's factories.
Pennsylvania workers employed in hazardous industrial jobs often face numerous safety risks on a daily basis. Some examples of serious industrial accidents include falling from high elevations, workplace explosions and being injured by defective heavy equipment. Employees who experience these types of accidents often suffer with long-lasting injuries in the aftermath of the initial accident. Injuries to the spinal cord is one such example and will likely cause monumental changes to the victim's quality of life.
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.
Pottstown employees who are injured while working can qualify for benefits. Workers' compensation insurance is paid by employers to cover financial hardships suffered by injured workers. The benefits' amount and length of time compensation is available depends upon how an injury affects the person's ability to work.
As we've discussed before on this blog, the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act was passed in an effort to create a system that could give fair results when a worker was injured on the job, but which didn't require workers to sue their bosses.