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PA Workers Comp Safety: Elevator Repair

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Elevator repair is a job that requires serious patience and skill. And, since elevator repair workers are working on large machinery from heights, they can be at serious risk for injury if they do not take the proper precautions. Below are a few safety tips elevator repair workers can use to remain safe on the job. 
 
Wear Safety Equipment
Elevator repair often requires workers to work from heights. In these conditions, it’s important to wear hard hats, non-slip boots, and (when appropriate) a harness. All equipment should be thoroughly inspected and up-to-code. 
 
Follow Proper Electrical Procedures
Working on an elevator will usually require some kind of electrical work. When working with electricity, it’s important to follow proper electricity procedures. This includes knowing which wires do what, how to use all controls, and understanding whether or not the power needs to be shut down before maintenance is started. 
 
Injuries
Below are some of the injures most often associated with elevator repair:
 
Shock: Working with elevators often includes wiring, which puts workers at risk for electric shock. 
 
Back Injuries: The job often involves heavy lifting, which can lead to back injuries if proper ergonomics are not used. 
 
Falls From Heights: Elevator repair often calls for workers to work from ladders, harnesses, and scaffolds. This puts workers at serious risk for falling from heights. 
If you work in the elevator repair field and have been injured on the job in Pennsylvania, 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, York, or Lancaster area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.
 
We proudly serve Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga Counties, as well as all other areas 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 Safety: Bricklaying

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Bricklayers are among some of the hardest working individuals in Pennsyvalnia. And through the combination of heavy lifting, working in the heat, crouching, and bending over, it should come as no surprise that bricklayers are not strangers to work-related injuries. Below are some of the most common injuries associated with bricklaying in Pennsylvania.
 
Back Injuries
Bricklayers spend a lot of time lifting heavy objects, crouching, and bending over. Because of this, it is very common for bricklayers to suffer from back injuries. To remain safe on the job, it’s important for bricklayers to lift using proper technique, ask for help when lifting anything that is too heavy for one person.
 
Concussions
Bricklayers typically work on construction sites where there are lots of heavy objects. Because of this, it’s important to wear a properly fitting hard hat in case something falls or in case of trips and slips. When working from heights, bricklayers should use ladders and scaffolds that are in good condition and should concentrate fully on the task at hand, as falling from heights can not only lead to serious head injuries, but can also be fatal. 
 
Heat-Related Illnesses
Since most bricklaying is done in the summer, bricklayers are often at risk for heat-related illnesses. These include heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rash. To avoid these, it’s important to remain hydrated, take plenty of breaks, and wear appropriate clothing. The Center for Disease Control says that those working in the heat should drink one cup of water every 15-20 minutes. Clothing should be breathable and light. If a job requires heavy safety equipment such as goggles, gloves, or other heavy clothing items, it should be saved for a day where the temperatures aren’t too high.
 
If you are a bricklayer working in Pennsylvania and have suffered from a work-related injury, 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, Scranton, or Pottsville area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.
 
We proudly serve Philadelphia, Pike, and Potter county, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania. 
 
 

PA Workers Comp: Dealing With Hazwaste

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Pennsylvania workers that deal with hazwaste are at risk for many serious injuries. These include chemical burns, respiratory issues, poisoning, and many others. Some industries that work with hazwaste on a regular basis include power plants, hydrofracking, healthcare, and construction. Below are a few safety tips you and your coworkers can follow to guarantee that your hazwaste is handled properly and that no hazwasted related injuries take place.   
 
Store Hazwaste Properly
Every form of hazwaste has different rules for storage. It’s important that you use the right container and label for whatever hazwaste you are storing. It’s also very important that you understand the amount of time you are allowed to store each form of waste as well as how much of it is safe to store on your job site. Every chemical has its own set of rules regarding how much of it can be stored and how long it can stay put. 
 
Wear Proper Safety Equipment
When handling hazwaste, it’s important that all proper safety equipment is utilized. This includes gloves, goggles, respiratory protection, and anything else that will protect you from coming in contact with hazardous material. 
 
Plan for Emergencies
If an emergency does occur, it’s important that you have a plan in place. Know which person is assigned to which specific task (for example clean up, calling 911, tending to injuries, etc.) and also have an evacuation strategy ready in case there is a need to exit the building. This plan should be thoroughly understood by ALL employees. It should be reviewed at least annually, and detailed instructions of this plan should be readily available to all employees at all times. 
 
If you live in Pennsylvania and have suffered from a work-related injury related to working with hazwaste, contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney immediately. If you live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Wilkes-Barre area, call (717) 234-2402 or send us a message to receive a free consultation.     
 
We proudly serve Northampton, Northumberland, and Perry 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: Factories

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Despite the fact that many factory jobs have been taken outside of the United States, this list of the companies based in Harrisburg shows that there are still plenty of factory jobs in the area.

 

Since factory workers often deal with large machinery and are required to do physical labor, there are many safety precautions that must be taken in order to make sure everyone remains safe on the job.

 

Use Proper Safety Equipment

 

It’s important for all proper safety equipment to be used. This includes (depending on the type of factory) hard hats, no-slip steel-toed boots, ear protection, and eye protection. Utilizing the proper safety gear will help protect workers from head injuries, falls, hearing loss, and eye injuries.  

 

Maintain Equipment

 

It’s important to regularly make sure that all equipment is in good, safe, working condition. All machines should be regularly maintained and oiled, and all worn out parts and tools should be replaced immediately.

 

Have a Safety Manual with Clearly Enforced Rules

 

A manual that outlines the rules and how to safely use all job-related equipment is a great resource. Each employee can be given a copy of the manual and a company copy should be made available on the work site at all times. All employees should be thoroughly trained on all safety procedures as well as how to properly use the equipment they are required to work with.

 

If you work in a factory and have received a work-related injury, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. If you live in the Harrisburg, Bethlehem, or Reading area, contact 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.


 

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.