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PA Workers Comp Safety: Your Employer’s Responsibilities

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In the state of Pennsylvania, your employer is responsible for making sure that all employees have a safe environment to work in. This means making sure proper safety equipment is utilized, making sure safety procedures and tips are understood and readily available, and keeping the work area free from clutter. 
 
Below is a list of common safety concerns found in the work place. If your employer is guilty of letting any of this slide, or if you have been injured as a result of any of these circumstances, you should contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney immediately. 
 
Cluttered Work Area
This covers anything from a disorganized storage area to poorly placed extension cords. If it can cause somebody to trip, it’s a hazard. Someone on the job site should be responsible to make sure that no tools are left lying around, that there is a clear walkway, and that all storage areas are organized in a way that items can be accessed safely and easily. 
 
There also needs to be procedures put in place for wet floors and spills. Floors should be mopped and cleaned at a time when there is the least amount of foot traffic, and signs need to be posted warning people of wet spots. 
 
Safety Equipment
Your employer is responsible for making sure all workers have proper safety equipment. This includes hard hats, gloves, goggles, ear protection, harnesses, and/or other devices depending on the type of job. If someone does not have all of the required safety gear, they should NOT be allowed to perform any duties that require the use said gear. 
 
Training
It is also your employer’s responsibility to make sure all employees are thoroughly trained in all areas. This includes using all equipment required for their job, safety procedures for chemical spills, using emergency exits, wearing properly fitting safety clothing, etc. 
It’s a good idea to have all of this information readily available in a binder or in a digital format that all employees have access to. You can also schedule regular safety meetings in which safety issues can be brought up and procedures can be regularly commented on and reviewed. 
 
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation
If you have been injured as a result of unsafe working conditions, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. If you live in the Harrisburg, Scranton, or Pottsville area, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at 1-877-COMPHELP for a FREE consultation!
 
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