Every day, manicurists, pedicurists and other salon professionals are exposed to a variety of dangerous - yet often overlooked - workplace hazards. Some of these hazards pose an immediate risk, while other can cause long-term damage that builds up over time. Being exposed to chemicals and toxic fumes, coming into contact with biological hazards (such as diseases carried by clients), and straining for hours in uncomfortable physical positions can lead to a wide array of illnesses and injury, including:
Now that winter has returned in full force and Pennsylvania - along with much of the East Coast - is experiencing a seemingly non-stop series of storms, we felt it was time to revisit the important topic of winter workplace safety.
Winter Safety Basics
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provides an extensive overview of how to prevent injuries and illness during winter weather. Should an injury or illness arise, whether in the workplace or not, this site also offers tips on steps that you should take.
At Martin Law, we offer a wide range of resources to those with questions about workers' compensation. This includes free consultations, where you can receive answers directly from experienced workers' comp attorneys.
If you would like to get more information before contacting us, please review the resources listed below and look at other parts of our blog that are relevant to your situation. When you are finished, we encourage you to let us know if you still have any and we will gladly set up time to meet with you.
One of the most common questions that arises in the field of workers' comp law is "was the injury or illness caused within the 'course and scope of employment?'" While some workers' comp situations are straightforward - such as when an injury occurs in the workplace while an employee is carrying out his or her normal day-to-day activities - others require a more in-depth analysis of what exactly the "course and scope" of an employee's job encompasses.
The recent upward trend in mining fatalities looks, unfortunately, to still be on the rise. Last year, we blogged about a Department of Labor (Mine Safety and Health Administration) report that showed an increase in mining death between 2012 and 2013.
The numbers for 2014 are in, and they show that mining-related deaths held steady at 2013's higher rate. 2015 looks to be even deadlier, as there have already been four fatalities this year; at that rate, 2015 is on pace to have 20% more mining deaths than 2014.
When most people think of workers' compensation, they think of work-related illnesses or workplace accidents in terms of their own workplace. But work-related illness and injury can occur in any type of workplace, including many situations that you may never envision even in your wildest dreams. Did you ever think that being robbed would entitle you to workers' comp? What about if you had to make a delivery and were traumatized because you found a dead body? These are just a few of the many intense situations that arise every year in the field of workers' compensation law.
While many of the questions we receive about workers' compensation relate to benefits and the process for obtaining them, numerous clients have been equally curious about the workers' compensation system itself. What is it? How long has it been around? What types of injuries are affecting others throughout the state?
Below, we provide a quick look at some interesting facts about the workers' compensation system and the injuries that are most often reported:
How did the state Liquor Control Board fight a workers' comp claim that a liquor store manager filed after being robbed at gunpoint at work? By asserting that being robbed was a "normal working condition" for liquor store employees in the Philadelphia area.
Luckily, the Commonwealth Court recently ruled in the store manager's favor, and prevented "being robbed" from a list of acceptable reasons to deny workers' comp benefits to employees.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited a Pennsylvania manufacturing company for having more than 30 safety violations at its various facilities. The violations involved a wide range of situations and machinery, including welding equipment, high power machinery and elevated catwalks.
The investigation that led OSHA to issue these citations was a part of the agency's new Site-Specific Training Program; this program is designed to make efficient use of OSHA resources by looking at locations with high rates of workplace illness and injury.
Part two of our countdown of our blog's most popular posts added in 2014 covers a wide range of topics, from a look at the most common types of work injuries to a post about our firm's community involvement.