Hazards in the construction industry take many forms. Safety education often focuses on sudden, catastrophic accidents - such as falls, explosions, trench collapses and vehicle accidents. However, another category of injuries takes place over time. Long-term damage to the body is common in construction work. Because these injuries don't arise from a single tragic event, but rather develop slowly over years or decades of work, they're more likely to go overlooked. Nonetheless, they can have a big impact on sufferers' lives.
Someone got hurt on the job, and although you weren't able to stop the accident from happening, you had a front-row seat. Whether you like it or not, you're now a workplace accident witness. Do you know what your next move ought to be?
Employers have the right to expect - and enforce - a drug-free workplace. Illegal drug use raises multiple problems. It can not only impair the employee's ability to do the job, but also jeopardize their safety - and that of everyone else.
Semitrucks, cranes and other heavy machinery come with obvious dangers. Their sheer size and power provide a constant reminder of their risks.
All lines of work involve hazards to one degree or another. For some, though, the risk of injury or death is far greater than others.
Steel workers often have to endure exhausting hours, strenuous conditions and constant perils. Whether at mills or construction sites, steel workers face a wide range of risks that factor into their everyday duties.
People show up to work every day at what are considered dangerous jobs. But are these workers protected by the same workers' compensation laws as others?
According to Pennsylvania labor law standards, independent contractors are not entitled to employee benefits, which may include worker's compensation. But if you are injured on the job while working as an independent contractor, there's a chance that your employment is misclassified and you should be listed as an employee with all of the rights and benefits involved.
A heating and cooling worker who was injured on the job started a lawsuit due to his injuries, but his lawyer has now decided to withdraw from the case.
Workers in Pennsylvania may have a right to compensation after workplace injuries or illnesses that arise due to conditions in the workplace, so these are often considered together when looking at compensation claim statistics. However, breaking down the numbers shows that injuries are much more common than illnesses.