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Seeking wage replacement benefits after an on-the-job injury

When you are injured so badly that you can no longer report to work, you will not be able to earn an income from your family. Fortunately, the Pennsylvania workers' compensation program has you covered. If you have lost wages due to an on-the-job illness or injury, wage-replacement benefits will help you make your financial ends meet until you are able to return to work again.

How common are workplace injuries in the United States?

When you get hurt at work, you're in a position to claim workers' compensation. This is the compensation that is designed to help cover medical bills and lost wages while you're unable to work. How likely is it that you'll be hurt, though?

You can make a claim for a workplace injury or fatality

When you go to work, you're exposed to all kinds of hazards. If you drive for a living, you may be exposed to dangerous drivers or dangerous roadways. If you're a laboratory assistant, you may be exposed to dangerous viruses or chemicals. As a construction worker, you could be at risk of being hurt by falling objects or at risk of being struck by a vehicle in your road-side work zone.

Gowns and gloves may put health care workers at risk of illness

The public has become accustomed to the prevalent use of gowns and gloves in health care settings. In fact, seeing these items often gives citizens comfort about the quality of care and cleanliness of any given medical facility. The health care workers who make use of gowns and gloves believe these items will provide protection against workplace illnesses, but a new study says this may not be the case.

Workers in Pennsylvania may be at risk for heat illnesses

In case you have been spending time in Antarctica this year, it is incredibly hot this summer! Consequently, you might be one of the Pennsylvania workers at risk for heat-related illnesses. Such illnesses can cause extreme sickness and even death, so it is important for the Pennsylvania workforce to gain an understanding of how the severe heat can have a dangerous effect.

Flavorings can lead to lung disease

Did you know that the flavorings used in your food could cause lung disease? As of now, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have not said that consumers are at risk, but there have been cases in which those working in food production plants have been impacted. One of the most prominent cases came out of a popcorn plant where workers had developed bronchiolitis obliterans.

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.

Did Marriott knowingly expose unprotected workers to chemicals?

A group of hotel housekeepers in another state recently filed a purported class-action lawsuit against Marriott International, claiming the hotel chain willfully -- or even intentionally -- exposed them to toxic chemicals without training or personal protective equipment. That in itself is a big deal; the fine for violating federal hazardous workplace chemical regulations is $10,000 per day per worker exposed.

What kind of workplaces can literally make you sick?

Recently on this blog, we discussed the fact that it's possible for your workplace or job duties to expose you to toxic materials. Industrial chemicals, asbestos dust, microfibers, nanotechnology, chemical flavorings -- the list goes on and on.

Could your workplace literally make you sick?

You may have heard the phrase "toxic workplace" and assumed it meant something like "toxic relationship" -- until you started experiencing symptoms. The truth is, unaffected people seldom realize that a variety of work activities can literally expose them to an injury or illness they wouldn't otherwise have gotten.

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