Many owners of businesses are searching for ways to save money on expenses as a result of the recent economic downturn. At first, it may seem like offering employees paid sick leave would increase expenses, however, in the long run, sources suggest that offering paid sick leave may actually save money, according to a recent study.
A number of prior posts on our Pennsylvania blog have discussed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in connection with a variety of workplace injuries and accidents. When an employee is injured or killed on the job, OSHA's responsibility is to discover whether the company followed proper safety procedures during the incident in question. And a recent study has revealed that OSHA inspections do in fact reduce the number of workplace hazards.
When people in Philadelphia think of workplace accidents, they may naturally call to mind catastrophic events that cause significant injuries and deaths. Factory explosions, construction site collapses and chemical spills all fall into that category. But there are other workplace dangers that can go unnoticed for a time and only become apparent when their cumulative effects reveal themselves through troubling physical symptoms.
The calendar is nearly ready to turn to June, and hot and humid summer-like weather will soon reach Philadelphia and other parts of Pennsylvania. That can mean dangerous conditions for employees who spend their working hours outdoors. According to one U.S. Labor Department doctor, some of the jobs that have the greatest risk for illness brought on by exposure to the heat are roofers, construction workers and those involved in farming.
Many Philadelphia workers have likely been asked by their employer to attend a meeting nearby but away from their typical place of business. What would the employer do and what are its responsibilities if an employee is injured on the way to that meeting? A workers' compensation case involving a former Noodles & Co. employee provides some answers.
Yes, insurance fraud exists. In 2011 there were 141 "orders and adjudications" on this issue. More than $900,000.00 in penalties were collected and $3.2 million in restitution recovered.
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Pennsylvania readers know that construction sites have the distinct potential to be a hazardous working environment. Workers often have to deal with heavy machinery, large quantities of raw materials and open floors that can lead to falls. While construction companies and their workers usually take proper safety precautions, accidents still can happen.
Companies have a responsibility to workers to provide a safe and healthy work environment. When an employee suffers a serious workplace injury, a company should report it to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in order to prevent future accidents. Companies who fail to do this may face serious fines and penalties.