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OSHA and Chemical Exposure - A Work In Progress

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As a part of our ongoing series that looks at the dangers of chemical exposure in the workplace, this post examines how OSHA has handled this important issue.


In a previous blog, we examined the fact that OSHA had just created online tools to help address the continually-growing danger presented by chemical exposure:

"...Unfortunately, OSHA's guidelines for chemical exposure are lacking.

"Chemical exposure - even for a short time - can have devastating effects"

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As we've discussed in previous posts, chemical exposure in the workplace can lead to life-altering conditions - and might even prove fatal. If your workplace failed to provide the necessary safety equipment or training regarding hazardous materials, you could face a wide range of devastating injuries. 

Chemical Exposure: An Ongoing Crisis

In the past, we've blogged about the harm that chemical exposure can pose to workers and other individuals. Two recent CBS Philly stories have highlighted the ever-present danger of chemical exposure, and we will be providing more in-depth analysis of those situations in the coming weeks. As a primer on this topic, we invite you to view the following resources:

Even Tough Guys Get Hurt - Construction Workers Need to Report Injuries

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Every major city, including Philadelphia, is marked on nearly every block by some form of large construction or renovation project. Outside of major cities, construction plays a vital role in building new communities and revamping existing towns. No matter their role, construction workers face serious injury while on these job. Fortunately, workers' compensation exists to help these injured workers avoid financial devastation while fighting to get healthy.

The only catch is that you have to report your injury to be eligible for workers' comp.

Three construction workers injured in King of Prussia mall accident

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Three construction workers were hospitalized recently when a live electrical cable was cut during an expansion project at a King of Prussia mall. One of the workers was listed in critical condition while a second man was hospitalized for treatment of injuries. The third worker was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Unfortunately, serious injuries are commonplace on construction sites. Typically, the scope of work dictates how many workers and the types of contractors involved at the same time. Whether you are working on the high steel, pouring concrete or rerouting electrical cables, catastrophic injury is a very real possibility.

Earth Day: The George and Miriam Martin Foundation

Happy Earth Day!

Did you know that George Martin is an environmentalist at heart?

Pictured below are Martin Law attorneys at Sanibel Island in November 2014 visiting the Walkway into the Wilds built by the George and Miriam Martin Foundation. 

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What About Workers' Comp In Pennsylvania?

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At a time when more than 60 percent of states have decreased workers' compensation benefits or made it harder to obtain such benefits, Pennsylvania has remained constant and protected the rights of injured workers. Pennsylvania is one of only nine states that ProPublica says has not passed major workers' comp reform; unlike many other states, Pennsylvania has not changed its laws to set arbitrary time limits on temporary wage benefits, expand the use of outside medical reviewers or increase the instances of denying claims based on pre-existing conditions.

FAQ: ARE WORKERS' COMPENSATION BENEFITS TAXABLE?

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With tax filing deadlines quickly approaching, Martin Law has received many inquiries asking if workers' compensation benefits are taxable. Is it different at the state and federal levels? In the video below I address your concerns including whether these benefits are considered earned income and are fully exempt from tax if they are paid under a workers' compensation act or statute.

The Human Cost Of Workers' Comp Reform

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Earlier this month, we looked at two articles in ProPublica's and NPR's ongoing series about the dismantling of workers' compensation in the United States. As advocates for injured workers, including those harmed in the workplace, we are greatly interested in these articles and believe that it is important for everyone to know about the changes to workers' comp systems across the nation.

This article provides an overview of ProPublica's most recent entry in its series, titled The Fallout of Workers' Comp 'Reforms': 5 Tales of Harmand offers a list of resources where you can learn more about this issue.