Despite the epidemic of sometimes-fatal abuse of opioids and other painkillers in this country, the number of opioid prescriptions given to injured workers in many states, including Pennsylvania, remains high. That's the finding of a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute.
A facility mechanic who was severely burned in a boiler explosion in a Philadelphia elementary school in January has died from his injuries on May 18. The man, who had been with the district for a quarter of a century, had been in a medically-induced coma since the explosion.
Workplace accidents can happen for a slew of reasons, some of which you can't predict or avoid. However, there are some common reasons that are important to keep in mind, as knowing where hazards lie can help to reduce injuries.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a landscaping company in Pennsylvania for eight safety violations that occurred last summer. Two of the company's employees were injured because of the violations.
With more construction activity comes heightened economic growth, more jobs and more prosperity for everyone, right? This is certainly true, but there is also a dark side to the building boom our nation is experiencing: more construction-related injuries and deaths.
A fine of $9,800 was issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to Francis J. Palo, Inc., a Pennsylvania contractor, for two serious safety violations. A bridge collapsed in June and injured two workers. The contractor is contesting the violations and the fine.
For the first time in 25 years, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration will start issuing higher fines for companies that are cited for workplace violations. The current fines are relative to the consumer price index from 1990.
Over the last century, workers have been increasingly protected by laws with regard to rights and safety. Today, workers have a high expectation of safety. Even in dangerous industries, employers have to work with employees to ensure safety measures are enacted, and workers who are hurt on the job have legal options for seeking compensation and coverage of expenses.
An analysis of how people are injured on the job draws public awareness to dangerous work conditions. The information also focuses the attention of Pennsylvania and federal government regulators, like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, on safety hazards and solutions.
Many people associate workers' compensation claims with on-the-job injuries. Benefits are also available for Philadelphia County families whose loved ones die in workplace accidents. Benefits help survivors recover from financial hardships like funeral costs, accident-related medical expenses and wage losses.