City and federal officials have been investigating a construction site in Philadelphia where a recent accident led to two individuals being injured. One of the victims was a construction worker at the site. The other was a city firefighter who reportedly suffered a head injury after collapsing while responding to the scene.
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.
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.
It is a fact of medicine that a large measure of the work involved deals with managing pain. Despite increasing emphasis on preventive care and regulations governing workplace safety, workers injured on the job in Pennsylvania often find themselves prescribed powerful pain killers. That practice is now coming in for increased scrutiny because of what is viewed in many quarters as an epidemic of opioid drug abuse.
Workplace injuries can happen in a lot of ways. There are so many different things that can create hazards that result in injury-causing accidents. Not all are as major as those that might be experienced in an industrial setting. Most are more serious than a simple paper cut, though. When injuries do occur, they should not be ignored. And ensuring that you obtain the full depth of coverage possible, it may help to work with an attorney.
Last week we posted about how there's growing concern among some in the workers' compensation insurance field that the system in Pennsylvania and elsewhere is in such a state of dysfunction that it sorely needs some reform. There are those who are of the opinion that the workers' compensation system, as it is used by many employers and insurance companies, often causes more harm than good for workers who get injured on the job.
From the standpoint of history, the concept of workers' compensation deserves a solid thumbs up. But there are many who likely would argue that from the standpoint of how it fulfills its mission these days, the system of workers' compensation in Pennsylvania and all the other states of the union has fallen into a state of severe decay.
When workers are on the job they are often pressed to focus on their tasks. Safety should be a major concern, too, but the steps to prevent workplace injuries from occurring too often get missed and many Pennsylvania employers fail to take even rudimentary safety precautions the way they should. The result can be debilitating injury. Fatal accidents occur, too.
The benefits that are required to be provided by Pennsylvania employers when a worker is injured on the job tend to be pretty well documented. There are laws that spell out minimums and limits. These then get translated into the insurance policies that employers purchase.
Workers' compensation is supposed to be the safety net that makes sure Pennsylvania workers and their families are protected from the disastrous effects of workplace accidents. When someone is injured on the job, they and their loved ones need the confidence that their employer has fulfilled their obligation of providing adequate worker's compensation insurance coverage. Without it, people can be cast into destitution.