Workplace Injuries

A recent tragedy has reminded many Philadelphia residents not only of the critical role that firefighters play in their safety, but also of the enormous risks firefighters take and the sacrifices they often make in an effort to save others. On Saturday, June 18, Lt. Sean Williamson, a 27-year Philadelphia Fire Department veteran, was attempting…

Last November, the Lehigh Valley Mansion on Barrington Lane in Salisbury Township was sold. Less than a full day after it came off the market, it was engulfed in flames. While battling the blaze in the multimillion-dollar home, two firefighters suffered burns and had to be hospitalized. Firefighters know they may be called at any…

The most recent annual report from Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) indicates more than 170,000 cases of work injuries and illness were documented. Sprains and strains were the most common injuries—injuries that usually occur because of overexertion or hard contact with other objects. Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation Act compensates for almost any type of…

The Philadelphia School District finds itself embroiled in the national issue of toxic asbestos in U.S. schools. The remediation of damaged asbestos materials has fully or partially shut down 11 Philadelphia schools since the end of 2019. The school district plans to spend $14 million to fix the crisis. Asbestos exposure may lead to mesothelioma—a…

If a worker is injured on the job and receives Workers’ Compensation benefits, he or she may be approached by his or her employer or the insurer with an offer to settle the case. A settlement can be comprised of monthly payments over a specified period of time or a lump-sum payment, which is receiving…

Suffering a brain injury can be both complicated and traumatic and can leave one completely disabled or rehabilitating for months, if not years. Brain injuries can happen from internal or external factors; traumatic brain injuries occur from a blow to the head or other outside occurrences. Even doctors do not fully know the true impact…

According to a study by the Yale School of Management, high product demand can lead to an unfortunate side effect of unsafe working environments. The lead study author and his colleagues examined how higher demand affects safety, and their data revealed that when companies have incentives to increase production and profits, overall safety may be…

A stroke is a medical condition that varies in terms of effects and severity. However, strokes typically cause speech or vision problems, memory loss, and weakness or paralysis in the body. Given these impediments, those who are recovering from a stroke may wonder when they can return to work. Stroke victims’ ability to return to…

Factors such as job stability, steady hours, career path, and the degree of control over a job schedule affect worker health and workplace injury risk, according to a study conducted by the University of Washington. The study’s authors noted that there is mounting evidence that the way in which work is organized and how people…

Economists may say the recession is over, but many Pennsylvania workers are still feeling its effects. In fact, workers all across the nation are still recovering, and are working more than one job to do so. But doing so may increase the likelihood of a workplace injury. Extra income is not the only reason people…

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