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.
Job-related injuries are commonplace in many fields. When it happens to you, however, the accident takes on a whole new dimension. You may feel panicked and in shock. If the injury is severe, you may not know whether you'll be able to return to work anytime soon - or ever again.
Black lung disease remains a health risk for Pennsylvania coal miners. Statistics from the federal Department of Labor show that black lung disease killed over 70,000 workers from 1970 to May 2013. Historically, the disease has killed more miners than cave-ins and explosions. The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 mandates federal benefits for workers with this disease.
Employers in Pennsylvania are legally obligated by state and federal laws to inform employees about workplace safety and the availability of workers' compensation insurance for injured employees. All workplaces need to have a poster in a visible location that explains the rights and obligations of workers as mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Natural stone countertops are extremely popular, resulting in the employment of many in the associated manufacturing, finishing and installation industries. Workers whose regular employment involves working with natural stone have a heightened risk of developing serious health problems through exposure to silica. They should thus take preventative measures in order to reduce the risks.
The Pennsylvania workers' compensation program is designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who suffer an injury while on the job or who become sick due to their work environment. However, the complexity of the claims process sometimes makes obtaining all of the available benefits a challenge for an injured or ill worker.
One of the most significant concerns a worker may face if an on-the-job injury occurs is whether the incident is covered by workers' compensation insurance. In Pennsylvania, a majority workers are covered, even those who are employed part-time or in seasonal positions.
Pennsylvania federal employees may be interested in some information about their rights regarding workplace safety. Federal law grants these rights and sets specific requirements for federal agencies.
According to an August 11 ruling by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Vitas Healthcare Corporation was ordered to pay a past employee workers' compensation benefits for injuries he suffered even though the employee had declared to his manager that he was quitting his job. Information from the court ruling showed that the worker, who was employed at the Miami-based company as a driver technician, quit his job after he had gotten into an argument with his manager regarding his delivery schedule.