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November 2018 Archives

Colder weather creates legal concerns for employers

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.

Salt shortage could lead to increase in injuries

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.

Teen drivers with other teens in the car can be fatal

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.

New workers' compensation law in effect

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. 

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