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PA Workers Comp Safety: Security Guards

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Security guards often work during the night, alone, and are in charge of making sure that the area they are protecting remains safe. Because of this, they are at risk for themselves to come face-to-face with violent criminals, which can make safety a constant worry.
 
Security guards are at risk for many physical injuries including back injuries, head injuries, foot and leg injuries, and falls from heights. Security jobs usually require employees to walk around during most of their shift, so any one of these injuries can occur at any time from slipping or tripping. However, a security guards chances of receiving one of these injuries are raised significantly when they are attacked by or trying to chase down a trespasser. However, what’s most alarming is that security guards are also at risk for receiving injuries from guns or other types of weapons.
 
For a security guard to remain safe on the job, it’s best to work with at least one other person (especially if their shift is after-hours). However, if this is not possible, security guards should carry a cell phone at all times and should also have access to an alarm system that can alert the authorities if anything goes wrong.
 
If you are a security guard that has suffered from any type of work-related injury, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers compensation benefits. If you live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Scranton area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.
 
We proudly serve Wycoming, York, and Adams Counties, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania.
 
 
 

PA Workers Comp: Supervisors

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When it comes to work-related injuries and illnesses, supervisors are often not the first type of employee that comes to mind. However, despite being overlooked, supervisors often work in stressful situations and can be just as prone to work-related injuries and illnesses as all other workers.
 
Often, supervisors must deal with insubordinate employees, the stress of laying somebody off, critiquing honest but unsatisfactory workers, and delivering bad news from corporate. This can cause a tremendous amount of stress on a person and can lead to mental-health related issues such as depression and anxiety. Also, supervisors often have a hard time making friends in the office (especially in smaller office environments where they are the only person in management), which can be trying on a person's mental health.
 
Also, supervisors that work in the labor industry are prone to physical injuries such as back, neck, shoulder, and head injuries, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. Also, supervisors are at risk for physical violence if an insubordinate employee ever gets angry and assaults them.
 
If you are a supervisor that suffers from a work-related injury or illness, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers compensation benefits. Do not miss out on what you are entitled to. If you live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Gettysburg area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.
 
We proudly serve Union, Venango, and Warren Counties, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania.
 

PA Workers Comp Safety: Aircraft Mechanics

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Working on an aircraft not only takes some serious know-how; it also requires workers to be fully-attentive so that they do not get injured on the job. And whether it be in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, State College, there are many cities in Pennsylvania that have airports. Below are some of the most common injuries associated with aircraft mechanics, as well as some tips that can be used to prevent them.
 
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur when a worker is required to work with vibrating equipment or repeat the same motion many times. These are both things aircraft mechanics deal with on a daily basis. To prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, consider changing grips, using a different tool, wearing a brace, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, or changing-up your work day by varying your tasks.
 
Back Injuries
Working with aircrafts requires a lot of movement and lifting. Because of this, many aircraft mechanics experience back injuries. To avoid back injuries, it's best to lift using proper ergonomics and to stretch regularly.
 
Electric Shock
Aircraft mechanics are often required to work with power tools and wiring. Because of this, it's important that they take all the necessary precautions to avoid electric shock. All equipment should be thoroughly inspected and all workers need to be properly trained on how to use all tools and parts. If someone hasn't been shown how to use a specific tool or how to wire something, they should be assigned to something else until they learn everything they need to know.
 
Trips and Slips
Since aircraft mechanics work around oil and other fluids, there are naturally going to be some spills that occur. It's important to take care of these spills as soon as possible so that no one slips and receives an injury. Also, the floor should be keep free of clutter and stretched extension cords.
 
If you are an aircraft mechanic who has been injured on the job and live in the Harrisburg, Williamsport, or Lewistown area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow for a FREE consultation. Contact us at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.
 
We proudly serve Warren, Washington, and Wayne County, as well as all other locations in Pennsylvania.
 

PA Workers Comp Safety: Fast Food Workers

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Employees of the fast food industry work in an environment that is full of stress, fast-pacing, and hazards. Fast food workers that are injured on the job in Pennsylvania are entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. 
 
Below are a few tips fast food workers can use to remain safe on the job. 
 
Burns
Fast food workers are surrounded by griddles, deep fryers, ovens, and various other high-temperature cooking devices. To avoid burns and fires, make sure that all employees have a thorough understanding of how the cooking devices operate. When filling the fryer with grease, make sure it is turned off, and always have a fire extinguisher readily available in the kitchen in case of grease fires.
 
Trips and Slips
The fast food industry demands fast service. This often causes workers to move carelessly around the kitchen as they try to get the food orders out on time. It’s important for all fast food workers to move at a reasonable pace (never running) and to pay extra close attention to where they are going. All spills should be mopped up as soon as possible. And when the floor is wet, warning signs should be place in all necessary areas. Also, the work area should be clear and free of clutter.
 
Electrical Shock
When working in the fast-paced world of fast food, it’s also important to remember that those who are not careful are at risk for electrical shock. In fact, in 1984, an 18-year-old suffered a fatal electrocution injury while working a fast food job. One of the worst parts of this story is that, had a better safety procedure been put into place, the victim most likely would have been saved. Immediately after the victim was shocked, a coworker tried to “take the pulse” of the victim and received an electrical shock just from coming in contact with him. The assistant manager saw what was happening, went to the breaker box to shut everything down, but was unable to locate the appropriate breaker. By the time the proper breaker was located, the victim had been in contact with electricity for at least three minutes and was pronounced dead by medical professionals.
 
It’s vital that there is someone in the work place at all times who knows how to turn off the electricity and that there is a safety plan in place in case something like this occurs. All plugs and electrical connections should be safely installed and as far away from water as possible.
 
If you live in the Harrisburg, Allentown, or Bethlehem area and have been injured on the job, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 send us a message.
 
We proudly serve Schuylkill, Snyder, and Somerset county, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania. 
 

PA Workers Comp: Injuries from Animals

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If you live in Pennsylvania and work with or around animals, you understand the risks of failing to follow proper safety procedures.

 

Some workplaces that require employees to work with or around animals include :

 

·         Veterinary hospitals

·         State and private parks

·         Zoos

·         Pet Stores

·         Farms

·         Pet Grooming Facilities

 

Of course, every animal will have its own set of safety rules and it’s essential that they be followed. However, there are a few safety tips that apply to all situations. We’ve outline some of those below.

 

Use Caution

When working around animals, it’s important to not make any sudden movements or loud noises. Speak softly and move slowly. It’s also important to devote your full attention to the task and to have at least one other person with you at all times in case any type of injury takes place.

 

Learn About the Animal You Work With

Different animals have different needs and body language. If you know you will be working with a specific animal, learn as much as you can about its behavior and aggression patterns.

 

Restrain Animals When Necessary/Possible

Safely restraining animals can help avoid serious injuries. Large animals can be place in stocks or stalls while animals such dogs can be muzzled.

 

Wear Proper Equipment

This includes items such as safety goggles, masks, gloves, footwear, etc. Remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even if you’re only going to be dealing with an animal for a quick second, it’s in your best interest to be protected.

 

If you live in Pennsylvania and have suffered from a work-related injury related to working with animals, contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney immediately. If you live in the Harrisburg, Williamsport, or Lewistown area, call (717) 234-2402 or send us a message to receive a free consultation.

   

We proudly serve Monroe, Montgomery, and Montour County, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania. 

PA Workers Comp Safety: Telecommunications

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Telecommunication installation is one of the most common jobs available in Pennsylvania. Although it’s a generally safe job, there are a number of injuries that can occur if the proper safety procedures are not followed.

 

Some of the most common injuries associated with telecommunication installation include :

 

Electric Shock

Back Injuries

Falls from Heights

Trips and Slips

 

Below are some simple safety tips you can use to make sure injuries such as these don’t happen on the job.

 

Utilize Safety Signs

 

It’s essential that all live wires and electrical equipment be properly labeled. Failure to properly use safety signs can lead to serious (and sometimes fatal) injuries. Pay attention to ALL safety signs you come across. And, if you are aware that there are no safety signs in an area where there should be, contact your supervisor immediately to make sure the situation is resolved and DO NOT use that worksite until it is verified as being safe.

 

Use the Proper Equipment

 

All tools should be inspected regularly to ensure that they are in safe condition. All electronic equipment should be double-insulated or should have a case and handle made of non-conducting material. Also, non-conductive gloves, goggles, and hard hats should be worn.

 

Additionally, all clothing should be dry, hair should be tied back, and all jewelry should be removed. It’s also important to remove any items that are conductors.

 

Have a Safety Plan in Place

 

If an injury does occur, it’s important that all employees know exactly what they should do. During accidents, it’s important to remain calm, switch off power supplies, and only touch with victims with non-conductive materials. All employees should be thoroughly trained on the company’s safety procedures, and these should be reviewed at least annually.

 

If you work and/or live in Pennsylvania and have suffered from work-related health issues, contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney immediately. If you live in the Harrisburg, Williamsport, or Gettysburg area, call (717) 234-2402 or send us a message to receive a free consultation.  

 

We proudly serve McKean, Mercer, and Mifflin County, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania.

PA Workers Comp: Customer Service Representatives

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Customer service representatives make up a large portion of Pennsylvania’s work force. In fact, there are over 6000 customer service representatives in the Harrisburg-Carlisle area alone.

Many people may not realize that customer service representative are at risk for many work-related health issues. Below are some of the most common health problems associated with customer service representatives. 
 
Mental Health Issues
 
Many customer service representatives spend all day on the phone getting harassed by angry customers. Often, the customer is upset over something that doesn’t even have anything to do with the representative, despite the fact that he or she is required to accept verbal abuse for the problem.
 
Customer service representatives are often not allowed to step away from their desks and must take phone call after phone call. This can lead to many serious mental health issues. For example: 
 
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression
 
Anyone who experiences mental health issues as a result of a customer service representative position should contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney immediately. 
 
Physical Health Issues
 
Since many customer service representatives spend most of their day at a computer, it is often wrongly believe that they are not prone to physical injury. However, there are health risks that come from spending too much time at a desk. These include :
 
 
Issues such as these can be avoided by practicing proper ergonomics.
 
If you are a customer service representative in Pennsylvania that has suffered from work-related health issues, contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney immediately. If you live in the Harrisburg, Reading, or York area, call (717) 234-2402 or send us a message to receive a free consultation.
 
We proudly serve Lancaster, Lawrence, and Lebanon County, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania.
 

PA Workers Comp: Pennsylvania Residents that Work Out-of-State, and Pennsylvania Workers’ that Live Out-of-State

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The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system carries a list of complicated laws and restrictions. One of the most frequent questions we receive regards those who live in Pennsylvania and work out of state, or those who live out of state and work in Pennsylvania. Workers that fall into this category frequently want to know “If I am injured on the job, in which state should I file my workers’ compensation claim?”.

 

Unfortunately, the answer is not black and white. Every case is different, and an experienced Pennsylvania workers compensation attorney will be able to evaluate your situation and let you know for sure whether or not you should file your claim in Pennsylvania. However, the rules generally work like this:

 

Anyone who is injured on the job can receive Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits if:

 

·         They live in Pennsylvania but work in a different state

 

·         They work in Pennsylvania

 

·         They work for a company that is based in Pennsylvania

 

·         They typically work in Pennsylvania but were sent out-of-state for a temporary

          assignment

 

·         They have been injured in Pennsylvania

 

·         They were hired in Pennsylvania but were injured in another state

 

 

If you work and/or live in Pennsylvania and have suffered from work-related health issues, contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney immediately. If you live in the Harrisburg, Lancaster, or Chambersburg area, call (717) 234-2402 or send us a message to receive a free consultation.

 

We proudly serve Lehigh, Luzerne, and Lycoming County, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania.

PA Workers Comp: Winter Injuries

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Pennsylvania residents know that winter in Pennsylvania can lead to some scary weather conditions.

 

And for the Pennsylvania workforce, that can unfortunately lead to work-related injuries. Here are some of the most common injuries associated with winter.  

 

Car Accidents
During snow storms, driving should be avoided unless it is absolutely necessary. If you are in work-related situation where you MUST drive during a snow storm, you should make sure that all snow is removed from the vehicle (windows and mirrors especially). Also, make sure the vehicle has a functioning heater, the tires are suited for snow travel, and that the vehicle has four-wheel-drive.  It’s also essential that you use your headlights and wear your seatbelt.

 

Slips and Trips
Winter in Pennsylvania means ice on the ground. And ice on the ground can lead to slips. If you encounter an icy spot while on the job, avoid running and stay focused. It’s your employer’s responsibility to make sure that all sidewalks, walkways, and parking areas are safe to use, but this may not always be the case.

 

Cold-Related Illnesses
Pennsylvania workers that work outdoors are also at risk for cold-related illnesses. This was especially true last winter, when temperatures were as low as 9°F in Harrisburg. These include frostbite, hypothermia, and trench-foot. To avoid conditions such as these, it’s important to wear waterproof gloves, hats, and coats. You should also dress in layers, wear insulated footwear, and be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Take plenty of breaks, especially if you are starting to feel cold, and NEVER work in extreme cold conditions by yourself.  

 

If you live in Pennsylvania and have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. If you live in the Harrisburg, York, or Lancaster area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message online. We will evaluate your case free of charge.

 

We proudly serve Jefferson, Juniata, and Lackawanna County, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania.
 

PA Workers Compensation: Teachers

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It may be hard to believe, but teachers can be quite prone to injuries. Be it injuries from assault and breaking up fights, sprains from physical activity when teaching gym, or mental health issues as a result of disruptive classroom behavior and stress, teacher have a number of health issues they need to worry about.

 

Some of the most common injuries associated with teaching include :

 

  • Slips and Trips – These can result from simply slipping while teaching class, or trying to break up a fight amongst students.
  • Back Injuries – These can result from lifting heavy school supplies or, most commonly, performing physical activities while teaching gym class.
  • Mental Health Issues – The stress of dealing with disruptive students or uncooperative parents and coworkers can lead to serious anxiety, depression, or stress issues.

 

School boards and supervisors will often try to tell teachers that the school is not responsible for such injuries, or that the injured teacher should pay for their treatment out-of-pocket because the injury is not the school district’s fault. This, however, is not true. Teachers that have been injured on the job are entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits.

 

If you are a teacher living in the Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, or Scranton area that has been injured on the job, call PAWorkersCompHelpNow for a FREE consultation. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to. Call (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.

 

We proudly serve Forest, Franklin, and Fulton, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania.