When colder weather strikes in Pennsylvania, many people stay at home to keep warm and cozy. Unfortunately, outdoor work still needs to get done, and workers in cold conditions may face a variety of safety risks. Slips, falls and frostbite are among the top concerns for outdoor workers. Injuries can also occur due to falling ice and malfunctioning equipment that has been poorly maintained by an employer.
Pennsylvania has long maintained a reputation for being home to hard-working men and women. In decades past, the steel mills, coal mines and railroads helped shape the nation's infrastructure on the backs of laborers. These days, the industry may be a bit more modern, but dedicated employees are still injured on the job each day, and may qualify to claim workers' compensation benefits.
Pennsylvanians are likely quite familiar with the risks of slippery roads and walkways during the winter. And we recognize the importance having a healthy supply of materials like salt to make these surfaces safer. Unfortunately, salt suppliers are in a severe salt shortage after last year, and injuries could occur as a result.
Winter is coming to Pennsylvania, and some areas of the state have already had their first snowfall of the season. This time of year, many residents may want to make sure the heating system in their home is working properly. When service is needed, they often rely on an experienced utility worker to get the job done. The wife of one such worker has filed a wrongful death suit after her husband was killed in a home on a service call.
Do you have a teen driver or one that is about to get their license? If so, you may be surprised by some new research that was just released in conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week. If a teen driver is in a vehicle along with other teens, the fatality rate in that situation for any occupant increases 51 percent.
Pennsylvania workers should be aware that a new law will affect what happens if they are injured on the job. In October 2018, Governor Tom Wolf signed a law that directly affects how workers' compensation claims are handled. The law will affect both new and existing cases where an injured worker is collecting benefits after being hurt on the job.