In our last post, we began with the topic of employers who refuse to cooperate with injured workers who file for workers' compensation claims. The first case we discussed involved an employer who lost on appeal. In this post, we'll talk about a recent case in which the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of an employer.
Those who work in the coal mining industry experience unique risks that those in other industries do not face. One of these risks is that of developing a condition called "black lung disease," which is a generic name for any lung disease stemming from inhalation of coal dust. The condition involves symptoms of coughing, airway obstruction and shortness of breath, and it is incurable.
One of the things we've mentioned on this blog before is that employers do not always cooperate when it comes to workers' compensation claims. There are various ways employers can put up roadblocks to a worker receiving appropriate compensation. Among them are using an employee's suspected citizenship status. Don't think employers are above this tactic. A recent case shows they aren't.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets a number of standards to ensure workplace safety remains a top priority for employers across the country. Violations of state or federal workplace safety regulations can result in severe penalties for a business and in some instances criminal charges. A Pennsylvania business owner recently pleaded guilty to intentionally violating federal workplace safety standards after an employee was killed on the job. The 78-year-old businessman was sentenced to one year of probation in the workplace accident.