Every industry, no matter the type of work, has certain limitations and potential pitfalls. Unlike a typical office job, however, the construction industry involves numerous dangers - some of which aren't always obvious.
If you are a farm or agricultural worker, you are used to long hours and difficult weather conditions. Your work is physically exhausting and places intense stress on your body. On top of that, farm-related injuries and fatalities are all too common, and many job requirements are high-risk.
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.
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?
Whether you drive a delivery van, are frequently on the road making sales calls, operate a taxi, drive a large commercial vehicle or are otherwise behind the wheel due to the demands of your job, you need to be aware of your options should you be involved in a motor vehicle accident while driving in the course of employment.
Workplaces that expose workers to extreme heat could inflict heat stress illnesses. Heat stroke presents the worst risk to Pennsylvania workers in hot conditions because it is potentially deadly. The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration recommends that employers keep workers aware of heat illness risks and establish procedures to monitor workers' heat exposure and respond quickly to warning signs.
A worker at an amusement park in Pennsylvania was injured after being hit by a roller coaster on March 26. The worker was injured while a new roller coaster at Knoebels Amusement Resort was being tested. The man suffered from a broken hand and a laceration on his head when he was struck by a passing car on the ride.
Pennsylvania residents might be interested to learn about some of the key findings from a survey that was conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The federal agency recently announced that there were over three million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2013, according to statistics that it had compiled. The data was gathered from private industry employers and concerned serious injuries and illnesses that were reported by full-time workers.
Patients in Pennsylvania who suffer traumatic brain injuries might not fully understand their injuries and the treatment and risks involved. TBIs occur when an object violently strikes the head or penetrates the cranium and passes into the brain. The symptoms that the patients experience vary depending on the severity of the injury.
Workers' compensation protects individuals who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act provides for medical expenses, wage-loss compensation and other such expenses. Businesses are required to carry workers' compensation insurance or to be self-insured. Nearly all workers in the state of Pennsylvania are covered. If an employer does not have insurance, there is an Uninsured Employer Guaranty Fund to ensure that workers are compensated.