The investigation is reportedly still underway to try to determine how a construction worker at the Philadelphia Navy Yard wound up tumbling from a cherry-picker lift. The 27-year-old man is apparently still hospitalized and the extent of his injuries hasn't been released to the public.
Two groups of professionals whose labors we often take for granted but who deserve our immense respect: construction workers and firefighters. Their jobs are tough, and when injurious accidents happen on the job, these workers deserve compensation that is sufficient to the cover their health care, lost work time and other costs arising out of a work-related injury.
Considering the intense focus the world currently has on the revelations about how the U.S. has been gathering data scraps on individuals in the name of national security, the term "surveillance" might not be the best term to use. But it is the one that federal officials have attached to a new initiative related to workers' compensation.
There was a time in Pennsylvania history when all fire departments consisted mainly of volunteers. As the major cities grew up, the ranks of urban departments have become fleshed out with paid professionals. Volunteers are still evident in many departments, and they are particularly prevalent in rural areas.