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Electrical Safeguarding of Power Tools

Power tools run on electricity and pose a hazard if not maintained or operated properly. Pennsylvania employers must safeguard power tools in the workplace to protect workers from electrical injuries, such as burns, shock, or electrocution. Those who are injured in power tool accidents at work may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Power Tool…

Lung Damage Among Kitchen Countertop Workers

Workers who make kitchen and bathroom countertops are falling ill and dying from irreversible lung damage. According to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, 18 fabrication workers in four states were diagnosed with silicosis, two of whom died from the disease. Prior to this, only one U.S. case in this industry…

What are My Rights After a Work Accident?

Pennsylvania employees who are injured in the course of employment are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Under the no-fault system, employees are not required to prove that their employer’s negligence caused their injuries. However, they may not sue their employers personally for work injuries; workers’ compensation is generally a worker’s exclusive remedy. If you were…

Work Injuries Predict Future Lost-Time Claims

Non-fatal injuries cause thousands of Pennsylvania employees to miss work each year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 1.5 million work injuries and illnesses in the U.S. accounted for 655,600 days away from work in 2016 alone. According to a new study, employees who suffer a work injury that causes them to miss…

Nail Gun Injuries

Nail guns are widely used in the construction industry. Due to their prevalence, construction workers often underestimate how dangerous these tools can be. Nails discharged from nail guns travel more than 100 miles per hour and can cause serious injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nail guns are responsible for…