Workplace safety for home employees

Pennsylvania residents who are exploring their options to work at home may choose to review some of the requirements and agreements implemented around America to protect the safety of telecommuters and other at-home workers. In cases such as these, the home will be considered the workplace. Safety during the hours of employment will still be critical, and workers hurt while employed and carrying out their duties at home may still be eligible for workers' compensation.

Just as in a traditional place of business, the floors and work area must be clear of obstructions and dangers. Issues of environmental contamination should be considered, whether they stem from pre-existing home hazards such as radon or from materials introduced into the home as part of the work process. Ventilation and temperature control are both crucial issues to the home employee, and fire safety must be properly attended to in order for the home to qualify as a safe workplace.

Ergonomic issues are often encountered in home office situations. The eyes and the spine are particularly susceptible to ergonomic-related injuries. Adequate lighting and a work area free of harmful glare are both important to avoid occupational hazards to the vision. Authorities on ergonomics and employee health remind home office workers to be certain their chairs and desks are properly supportive of their body.

Any injury that happens during the course of employment should make the injured employee eligible for full compensation, no matter if the accident happened at the office or elsewhere. If the employer refuses to consent to compensation for an injury or disputes that the injury was caused by the employee's activities while they were at work, then it may be wise for the injured party to contact an attorney and explore methods to legally require them to accept responsibility for the harm that their enterprise has caused.

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