The question recently came to light in a newsworthy case involving two Microsoft employees. The employees sought workers' comp for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after serving on the company's "Online Safety" team, where they were required to view horrific images and videos involving abuse, rape, murder and child pornography for purposes of removing the content and reporting it to law enforcement. Microsoft has challenged their claim on grounds that PTSD isn't an occupational illness under these circumstances.
Most fatal work injuries result from sudden accidents: vehicle collisions, falls, equipment malfunctions and the like. However, as one case illustrates, job-related deaths can happen out of the blue from something as simple as overwork.
Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on illness and injuries in workplaces across the country. The information is interesting, but is also important because it helps industry and safety officials determining which workplaces could possibly use more safety regulations.
Trader Joe's grocery stores are a hit in Pennsylvania and in other areas across the nation. As average consumers, many of us forget the work that goes into stocking the stores we love with the products that we love. There are workers at different levels who are responsible for getting us the products we come to rely on.
A Forks Township, Pennsylvania, man who suffered a stroke while working at a foundry has been awarded workers' compensation benefits in what's been called an unusual case.
Workplace accidents that cause injuries like broken bones or serious head trauma are often more easily documented than illnesses contracted in the workplace. But in certain circumstances, workers do contract a work-related medical condition and seek compensation for medical expenses and lost wages that can result.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has released new education and emergency response initiatives for workers who perform jobs outdoors in high temperatures for extended periods of time. Coming out just ahead of the hottest time of year, the government outreach effort is geared toward at-risk workers and their employers to reduce job site heat-related illness and injury.