On June 11, an arbitrator in Pennsylvania will hear the case of a woman who was injured after falling at a Martin's Food Markets store in Royersford. The woman filed a lawsuit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in September after she claims she suffered from serious injuries during a slip-and-fall accident that occurred on July 7, 2013.
Heat-related illnesses are problems in Pennsylvania and around the nation. According to one Occupational Safety and Health Administration study, illness from extended exposure to a high-heat work environment affects thousands of employed individuals each year. Out of those thousands, 30 people died in 2010. While OSHA has no best practice standard for heat related illnesses in place, the General Duty Clause, part of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, calls for employer accountability in matters of workplace safety. This guideline requires employers to provide a safe working environment that is free of potential dangers that could cause harm or death including heat related risks.
On April 6, 2015, a Haverford woman filed a lawsuit against Get Air, an Utah-based entertainment company, for an injury to a minor child under her care. In the lawsuit, she is asking for $150,000 in damages for emotional distress, pain and suffering, court bills and medical bills for the child's surgery and hospital stay. The woman alleges that the company's negligence lead to the child sustaining a fractured leg which will require several surgeries to repair.
Most employers in Pennsylvania and throughout the country are required by law to make available a hazard-free workplace for their employees. This can be achieved when employers follow regulations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers must carry workers' compensation insurance for their employees as well, unless the company is legally exempt.
Pennsylvania residents may be interested to learn that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the complaints of 28 McDonald's employees who claim they suffered burns while working at the fast-food chain. The allegations, which were reported earlier in March, were made by workers in 19 different cities around the country.
Pennsylvania workers may be interested to learn that, on March 5, a report stated that many states have been in the process of dismantling workers' compensation programs. This means that workers may have increased trouble obtaining compensation for injuries they suffered while working.
Under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act, federal workers who are injured on the job in Pennsylvania may be entitled to certain benefits. However, benefits may be withheld if the employee was intoxicated at the time of the injury or took willful action that led to the injury. A federal employee who becomes injured while on the job may first request to receive regular pay for 45 days.
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.
In 2012, large trucks made up nearly 10 percent of the vehicles involved in fatal Pennsylvania crashes, and these vehicles are especially dangerous because they are far bigger and heavier than passenger cars. Large trucks are also more likely to be involved in a multiple vehicle accident than a single vehicle accident, and there are some common reasons these crashes take place.
A Marine on active duty was killed in Springville Township on Jan. 2 in a four-vehicle accident when his car was struck by a water tanker truck. At the time of reporting, an investigation into the accident was ongoing.