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November 2017 Archives

Hidden hazards in loading docks can cause life-changing injuries

If you are working in a warehouse or fulfillment center in Pennsylvania, you will likely know the dangers that threaten your health and safety. While forklifts and falls from loading docks are serious and sometimes fatal hazards, there are more risks of which you should be aware. Some dangers are more obvious than others are, but it might be the hidden hazards that could cause the most harm.

Traumatic spinal cord injuries can be life changing

Spinal cord injuries can have devastating and life-changing consequences for victims in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Along with costly medical procedures, lost wages and other financial losses, you will likely also have to deal with many physical challenges that typically follow damage to the spinal cord nerves in the neck and back. The spinal column consists of vertebrae, ligaments and disks, all of which protect the spinal cord.

The hazards compromising your safety on construction sites

Pennsylvania construction workers face myriad risks every time they show up at work. Constriction sites are places that come with certain dangers, but that does not mean that the men and women who work on these sites do not have the right to a reasonably safe workplace. With training and enforcement of safety standards, it is possible to make these places safer for all workers.

If your boss caused intentional harm, you may sue in civil court

As a member of the Pennsylvania workforce, you may not sue your employer if you suffer a workplace injury. Your only recourse to get financial assistance with medical bills and lost wages is the workers' compensation insurance program. This system protects employers from personal injury claims filed by injured employees. Instead, employers provide workers' compensation insurance coverage that provides benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages, regardless of whose fault caused the injuries.

Can you rely on your boss to keep you safe in a trench?

Any construction site can pose life-threatening hazards, and only if you are aware of the potential dangers, can you identify them and take precautions to avoid injury. Some of the most hazardous areas on any construction site are trenches and excavations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides strict guidelines and regulations that could prevent trench accidents.