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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: Rain

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Spring has finally arrived in Pennsylvania. And that means that for the next few months, it's going to be wet outside. Below are a few safety tips you and your coworkers can use if you are required to work outside in rainy conditions.
 
Wear The Right Clothing
Wear clothing that will keep you dry. If you know you will be working in the rain, wear water-proof, non-slip boots. This will prevent both wet feet and falling. You should also wear water-proof gloves and a rain jacket. Wear colors that will make you visible (especially if you are working along the road) and use anti-fog spray if you are required to wear goggles.
 
DO NOT Work with Electricity
If your task involves any wires or working with electric tools, save it for another day. Working with electricity in the rain is a bad idea and can lead to electricution.
 
Be Cautious
A rainy sky means a wet ground. In wet conditions, workers are at risk for running into damp soil or slipping on a wet surface. If it's raining, move slowly and watch your step. Keep your eyes open for wet surfaces and soft ground. Avoid. If you are required to use a ladder or scaffold, do so with extreme caution.
 
If you have been injured on the job and live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Pottsville areas, contacts PaWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a free consultation. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to. 
 

PA Workers Comp Benefits: What Business Owners Need to Know

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In Pennsylvania, it’s important for business owners to understand that it is their responsibility to provide a safe work environment and to also cover the medical costs of all injured workers. Below is some information business owners need to know regarding Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. 
 
Fault Doesn’t Matter
Many employers will try to get out of paying workers’ compensation benefits by claiming that the injury was not their fault. However, fault is not a factor when it comes to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. If an employee is injured on the job, it is the employer’s responsibility to cover the costs of the injury.  
 
It’s the Employer’s Responsibility to Properly Train all Employees
Untrained workers are a danger to themselves and everyone else on the job. It’s the employer’s responsibility to make sure that all workers are thoroughly trained on all tasks, equipment, and safety procedures.  It’s also a good idea to have instructions and manuals readily available at all times that employees can access if they have any questions. 
 
You Cannot Fire or Mistreat an Employee for Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim
In Pennsylvania, it is every injured workers’ right to file a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim. If the claim is rejected, they are also allowed to hire an attorney and dispute this claim. It is not okay to fire, lay off, reduce the hours of, or mistreat any employee just because he or she has filed a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claim. 
 
If you have been injured on the job in Pennsylvania, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits EVEN if your employer has rejected your claim. Do not miss out on what you are entitled to. If you live in the Allentown, Bethlehem, or Reading area, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 or send us a message.
 
We proudly serve Schuylkill, Snyder, and Somerset county, as well as all other areas in Pennsylvania. 
 

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.