Philadelphia readers of this blog who are employed as firefighters, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officers and other high-risk public service jobs accept that their work can be dangerous and stressful. It's the nature of the work they do, putting the lives and well-being on the line to help others.
Philadelphia workers who have been injured on the job may find themselves in company with hundreds of other Pennsylvanians whose workers' compensation cases have been languishing in a technological no-man's-land since early September. The new software, designed to bring claims filing and processing up to date, has instead created a snarl out of the process.
In 2003, a Lancaster man was asked to help clean up a chemical spill at his job. Less than six months later he would find himself permanently disabled. What started off as a persistent cough and a blinding headache would land him in a nursing home with toxic encephalopathy, a Parkinson's-like, degenerative brain disorder.
Getting injured on the job is no walk in the park for Philadelphia workers or their families. Following a workplace accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn or whom to trust. What Philadelphia workers should know is that they are often entitled to workers' compensation benefits for medical expenses, lost wages and other costs relating to their workplace injury.
Oftentimes, when a worker is injured on the job in Pennsylvania, he or she is entitled to workers' compensation benefits, which help cover medical expenses, lost wages and other costs related to the injury. However, workers' compensation cases aren't always straight forward and sometimes appeals are necessary to decide whether a worker is entitled to benefits. This is especially true in cases where workers were injured performing a task outside of their regular job duties.
According to a new report from the AFL-CIO, 13 workers were killed each day in the United States in 2011 as a result of work-related injuries, and another 137 people per day are killed as a result of work-related illness and disease. Although workplaces have become safer overall in the United States since the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the report indicated that the overall committment to workplace safety has diminished in recent years, putting workers at risk.
Workers across all industries are often exposed to hazardous conditions in Pennsylvania and the rest of the United States. But the director of the University of Pennsylvania's Transnational Law Center recently said in an interview that temporary and migrant workers are especially at risk of workplace accidents.
It might be cold outside, but that doesn't mean construction workers building the new $84 million Bucks County justice center get a day off. In fact, there are thousands of workers throughout the state who perform their job duties outdoors in rain, snow or sunshine.
Four workers were injured in Philadelphia this week when part of a building under construction collapsed. The construction accident occurred Tuesday afternoon at a building in the Feltonville section of the city that is the future home of the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit.
When a train car derailment resulted in a spill of dangerous chemicals into the air and waterways, first responders sought to protect surrounding individuals through evacuations and other safety measures.