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How employers can reduce the risk of heat stroke

When temperatures rise, Pennsylvania employees who work outside or in workplaces that do not have temperature-controlled environments, they may be at risk for heat stroke. In some cases, heat stroke can be fatal, especially when the temperatures soar into the high 80s and 90s. However, fatal heat stroke can still occur even when the Heat Index is below 91 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Heat Index is a calculation based on heat and humidity that gauges how the combination feels to individuals who may be spending time outside. However, the Heat Index calculation assumes that the person is in the shade and is wearing light clothing. This means that the actual temperature in the sun may be much higher if the employee is working in direct sunlight. Further, the employee may be wearing heavy, non-breathable protective clothing.

Understanding the definition of work-related injuries

Workers in Pennsylvania can face a range of injuries and accidents on the job, and under the Workers Compensation Act, employers are responsible for the medical risks of employment. In order to be considered a work-related injury, the health condition or accident must occur while a worker is engaged in the tasks of employment for the benefit of the employer. This does not mean that the injury must have taken place on the company's premises in order to qualify for workers compensation benefits.

Under the Workers Compensation Act, "injury" is an umbrella concept that includes a number of detrimental medical conditions associated with the workplace. These include direct workplace accidents, like a fall on the job, as well as repetitive stress injuries. Pre-existing conditions, like asthma, can also be aggravated by the workplace while earlier disabilities can recur on the job. There are also specific types of occupational diseases that are considered work-related, such as chemical poisoning, toxic exposure and certain kinds of infectious diseases for healthcare professionals.

Sanitation workers can face significant safety hazards

Garbage truck drivers and other sanitation workers serve very important roles in our society. Unfortunately, when doing this unglamorous but important work, these individuals can face safety risks.

Safety hazards can pop up in connection to all kinds of sanitation work. This includes work tasks before, during and after recycling or trash collection. Examples of some of the more common accidents for sanitation workers are:

You can appeal a denied workers’ compensation claim

Workers’ compensation is an invaluable tool that many of us need at some point in our careers. This is doubly true if you work a hazardous vocation like construction. No matter how careful you are, lurking dangers like slipping on a ladder or being struck by heavy materials are always nearby.

Being injured on the job is a pain; literally, and because of the paperwork. If you’ve reported your accident, filed your claim, waited on bureaucracy and then had your claim denied, it can be downright infuriating. You do have options, though. If you think that your employer is legitimately in the wrong about denying your compensation claim, you may have the opportunity to appeal their decision.

Fight your right to just compensation for an on the job injury

Working in construction is a dangerous job. You deal with heavy equipment, power tools, and job sites filled with hazards. Even when you try to be careful, accidents happen. Now that you have been injured, you may be wondering how long your workers’ compensation benefits will last, or maybe your benefits have ended, and you are still not able to return to work. There are options for continuing to receive the support you need.

 

Remember that you are the boss when it comes to your own safety

If you are a member of the construction workforce of Pennsylvania, you will likely be very aware of the life-threatening hazards you have to face every day. This is just as well, because recognizing the dangers may help you to avoid situations that may lead to severe workplace injuries. Although workers in any industry could be injured, construction sites pose significantly more hazards than retail stores or office buildings.

Safety authorities say that falls are the primary causes of fatal construction accidents, and for that reason, it is not surprising that extensive safety regulations exist for fall prevention and protection. Your jobs on site may frequently put you on scaffolding structures, which pose a host of hazards.

Retirement, workers' comp and WCMSA

You may have made it through your entire career without suffering a significant on-the-job injury, but now, as you approach retirement, you suffered a serious injury at work. After months of recovery, you realize that reaching 100 percent just isn't going to happen and you may not be able to return to work.

Since you are so close to retirement, you may consider negotiating a lump sum settlement of your workers' compensation claim. That may be the best avenue for you, but you may want to understand what it would mean to settle your claim for a lump sum payment.

Carpal tunnel: A small problem with a big impact

Carpal tunnel is a syndrome that affects a very small part of the body, yet it can have a big impact. This condition is often the result of repetitive motion, and Pennsylvania workers in certain types of jobs may be more prone to this type of injury. It takes medical care and time to recover from carpal tunnel, and it can affect a person's ability to do his or her job.

If you recently learned that you have carpal tunnel as a result of your job, you could have a rightful claim to certain types of benefits. Workers' compensation benefits are not only for people who suffered injuries in jobsite accidents, but are also for those who developed medical issues over time because of their jobs.

Your eyes are the prize

It may be no comfort to know that 90 percent of all injuries to the eyes are preventable. However, because eye injuries often happen so quickly, literally in a blink, it may be too late to employ protection. There is no doubt you have spent the time since your eye injury replaying the incident and regretting your delay in applying safety measures.

Some surveys show that about 60 percent of those with eye injuries were not wearing protection at the time of their accidents. It may also surprise you that in many of those cases, their jobs did not require protective eyewear. Perhaps in your line of work, eyewear was optional.

Are psychological injuries grounds for workers' compensation?

Any injury suffered as the result of your job is grounds for a workers' compensation claim, even if that injury is internal or psychological. People often overlook the severity and long-reaching impact that a psychological injury can have on a person's quality of life. Many Pennsylvania workers who experienced trauma or mental anguish as the result of their work or a work-related incident go without help.

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