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Can I collect workers' comp benefits during COVID-19?

On April 1, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a statewide stay-at-home order to curb the spread of COVID-19. Businesses and some public entities across the state have closed their doors for the time being. Not all workers have stayed home during this time. Healthcare workers, grocery store employees, truck drivers, delivery drivers, police, and...

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New state bill would expand workers' compensation for volunteer firefighters, EMS

Pennsylvania volunteer EMS (emergency responders) would get workers’ compensation insurance for injuries suffered during all work-related activities. That is if a proposed new bill is passed. Currently, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) responders receive workers’ compensation coverage only if injured on emergency calls. Lawmakers seek to expand benefits for volunteer EMS The Pennsylvania...

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Ergonomics isn't enough to prevent overexertion injuries on the job

Overexertion injuries (also called musculoskeletal injuries) can be more than a nuisance for workers who regularly perform physical labor. It can result in nagging pain in the back, muscles, joints, hands, feet, and knees. According to the National Safety Council, roughly 33 percent (295,830) of all workplace injuries in 2017 were caused by overexertion. That's...

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Legal Options for Amputations in Manufacturing

Manufacturing is essential for meeting high commercial and industrial demands. Large machines strategically cut, assemble, and packages many of the items we rely on. Working around these machines, however, can be risky. One of the most devastating injuries manufacturers sustain on the job are amputations — the loss of a body part. When a worker loses...

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Sleep Deprivation Worksite Hazards A Growing Problem

Researchers from Ball State University report more than one in three U.S. workers do not get enough sleep. Furthermore, they say the problem has gotten worse since 2010. A National Health Interview Survey of more than 150,000 working adults found 35.6 percent received fewer than seven hours of sleep a night in 2018, up from...

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New data shows sanitation worker deaths down from last year, but still high

Sanitation workers are an absolute necessity in Philadelphia. They keep our streets clean and remove heaps of garbage from our sidewalks and dumpsters. Their hard (and dirty) work protects the public from exposure to unsanitary conditions and toxic hazards. Being a sanitation worker, however, comes with its own set of hazards. According to a recent...

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Philadelphia attorney offers best ideas to prevent forklift accidents

You see them in every warehouse or factory. More than 1 million forklifts are used in workplaces across the United States. While they are essential for efficiency, they can be dangerous. According to an article in EHS Today, forklift-related citations are ranked as one of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) top 10 violations...

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Philadelphia attorney cautions workers on dust-related fires and explosions

Dust production is inevitable in manufacturing plants and warehouses. When proper cleaning and dust removal procedures are in place, this is usually not a cause for concern. Unfortunately, not all employers make dust removal a priority. As a result, HVAC systems and vents can be clogged and dust can be dispersed onto floors, machinery, and...

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