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Construction industry sees new OSHA standard

OSHA has introduced a new confined space standard that will have an effect on workers in Pennsylvania and across the country. In particular, the standard addresses the construction industry more directly than the existing standard enacted in 1993 did. The new rule is scheduled to take effect on Aug. 3, 2015.

Tort liability for workplace injury not always available

Although workplace injuries can have a significant impact on the spouse of an injured worker, the availability of compensation depends on the facts of the case. Take, for example, a recent case involving a Pennsylvania stone container company sued for negligence in connection with a workplace injury. The wife of the yard jockey who suffered the injury claimed in her suit that the company failed to maintain a safe work environment, and specifically that the company failed to keep the premises cleared of snow and ice. Slick conditions, in this case, caused the employee to slip and injure his shoulder while performing a task.

Injured employee sues Amtrak over crash injuries

Bristol readers have probably all heard about the Amtrak accident that occurred earlier this month in Philadelphia. Though the accident is still under investigation, it reportedly occurred when the train accelerated to 106 miles per hour in an 80 mile per hour zone involving a sharp curve. As a result of the speed and the failure to properly slow down in time, the train tilted and derailed.

What kinds of workplace injuries are compensable under PA law? P.2

In our last post, we spoke briefly about a recent court case which posed the question of when workplace injuries are compensable in Pennsylvania and when they are not. We've already noted that workers’ compensation is supposed to be available for all injuries and illnesses sustained in the course of employment, generally speaking.

Security guard injured at Peach Bottom nuclear plant

Workplace injury is not an uncommon occurrence in Pennsylvania, though some industries involve greater risk than others. When it comes to industrial sites and facilities, such as nuclear power plants, the risk of injury is certainly greater than it is in an office environment.

OSHA cracks down on work injury reporting requirements

According to federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal workplace accidents are more common than they should be. In 2013, a total of 4,405 workers died on the job in the United States. Earlier this month, shortly after the release of that data, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration passed new regulations that aim to crack down on employers who do not adequately document workplace injuries.

Statistics show need for improvement in transportation-related workplace accidents

According to new information from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of fatal injuries in the workplace decreased 5 percent from 2012 to 2013. That is obviously a good thing, though the need for improvement remains, particularly in certain categories of accidents. Last year, 3.2 out of 100,000 full-time employees die, which is still too many.

PA man files personal injury suit against company for slip-and-fall injuries

A man who used to work as a security guard at a former Sherman-Williams paint factory in Philadelphia has recently filed a lawsuit against the owners of that factory, which has since closed down. The issue in the personal injury suit is that the man claims to have suffered serious injuries while patrolling the property back in 2012.

Court rules in favor of injured employee wrongly denied workers' comp

Employers are not always cooperative when it comes to compensating injured employees. This is evident from a recent case in Pennsylvania. The case involved a former employee who apparently injured his eye during a fall which occurred as he was in the process of removing personal belongings from a company vehicle after having quit. The fall occurred on company premises and was witnessed by a manager who later refused to approve a physician referral request because the injury allegedly occurred when the man was no longer an active employee.

More judges needed to handle coal miner compensation claims

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.

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