Construction work can be dangerous under any conditions, but it can be especially hazardous when unsafe working conditions exist. Whether an employer fails to properly train employees, provide safety equipment or check machinery, a lapse in the focus on safety can be treacherous for workers, putting them at risk of serious injury or death. Should one be unfortunate enough to get injured on the job, he or she should consider the legal options available.
Football is one of America's greatest past times and is often the focus of news coverage based on the games and their players. It has lately been in the spotlight for a more contentious issue: the impacts of injuries on football players throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the country.
Workers all around the state of Pennsylvania go to work each day and encounter dangerous situations. These workers understand that without the right protection and care, they could very easily be injured. However, few employees put their lives at risk the way firefighters do. These government employees literally run into burning buildings in an effort to save lives. At any moment, the unthinkable can happen and firefighters can be severely injured in a workplace accident.
Every workplace has its hazards. Most of the time the threat to worker safety is easily identified and if a workplace injury occurs, provisions of workers' compensation coverage call for a pay-out of benefits for medical treatment. Wage compensation is available in certain circumstances, as are death benefits.
There's a construction worker reportedly in an induced coma in a Philadelphia hospital right now, this after he suffered an electrical jolt early last week. According to officials with the Office of Licenses and Inspections, "Everything was being done illegally, without proper permits."
When you think of the array of circumstances that can knock a person out of commission and prompt a claim for workers' compensation chances are good that the mind turns to physical injury. But mental conditions that stem from job-related situations may also be covered. Determining whether one has a viable disability claim for such circumstances, though, is best done in consultation with an attorney.
Workers' compensation is one of those important employee benefits enshrined in law. Every state in the U.S. has some sort of legislation on the books providing basic protection to help workers who are injured on the job get the support they need to recover and get back to work. Most industrialized countries around the world also have such laws.
Technology is a wonderful thing -- when it works. The problem is that there are so many elements that have to come together in a seamless way for everything to work right. Anything that is computer dependent (and what isn't these days?) requires solid software coding. If even one bit of code is out of whack, the whole system can stall.
Assuring public safety takes in a lot of territory. There are the police and firefighters who face the threat of being injured or killed in response to the various crises that may occur on any given day.
It may be hard to pin down clear indicators of the effects the government shutdown is having on the country. There have been attempts in the media to highlight possible repercussions. But in some respects the stories have failed to stand out. They seem to be just a few more trees making up the forest.