Protecting the Rights of Factory Workers Throughout Pennsylvania
Factory workers have one of the most demanding jobs in the country. Despite Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety regulations, they are often exposed to dangerous workplace conditions. The inherent hazards of the job and workplace can lead to serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment and time off from work. At Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C., we fight to get factory workers the compensation they need to recover from their work-related injuries.
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act allows factory workers to receive workers’ compensation benefits to compensate for lost wages and medical expenses associated with their injuries. If you were injured while working in a factory, the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. can help you recover the compensation you deserve. We have represented all types of injured workers, including factory workers, for over 35 years and we know what it takes to build a successful claim.
OSHA Safety Regulations
Factory workers, including those who process food and clothing, assemble vehicles and press metal, face many workplace hazards. OSHA requires employers to follow safety regulations to prevent accidents from occurring due to common workplace hazards including:
Factory workers come in contact with heavy machinery which can cause serious, sometimes fatal injuries if it is defective or not maintained, repaired or used correctly. Therefore, employers should ensure that all heavy machinery and other equipment is in proper working condition and that all workers are adequately trained on their proper use.
Factory workers are also at risk of toxic chemical exposure. Employers are therefore required to reduce employee exposure by implementing engineering and work controls, eliminating or replacing toxic chemicals, providing workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) and training workers on how to identity and safely handle hazardous chemicals.
Factory workers are often required to lift heavy objects, which puts them at risk of injury. When workers do not lift in the proper manner, they may suffer arm, neck, shoulder, back or foot injuries. When possible, employers should provide equipment to do the heavy lifting, as well as train workers on how to lift heavy objects safely.
Slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of all accidental deaths, second only to motor vehicle accidents. Spills are a common occurrence in factories, therefore employers should regularly inspect the floors and promptly clean up any spills. Care should also be taken to choose the right cleaning products and have a specific system in place for cleaning up spills.
Overexertion is a common injury suffered by factory workers due to the physical nature of the work and long hours. Workers should therefore be allowed to take adequate breaks in order to avoid musculoskeletal injuries. Employers should also regulate the temperature of the work environment so that workers are not exposed to extreme temperatures, especially in the summertime.
Factory workers often perform the same movement over and over again. This can cause repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Repetitive motion injuries can cause severe pain and will get worse over time if not treated.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Factory Workers Obtain Compensation for Their Injuries
If you or a loved one was injured while working in a factory, contact an experienced Philadelphia work injury lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We can help prepare your application for benefits and ensure that you meet all the legal requirements and deadlines. We proudly represent clients in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County and throughout Pennsylvania. Call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form for a free consultation.