Whether you’ve been working at the same Pennsylvania company for years or are a new team member at a particular company, on-the-job safety is always a top priority. Hopefully, your employer provided proper training upon hire and intermittently thereafter as needed or required by law. It’s also important to know what to do if you’re involved in a workplace accident, especially with regard to the workers’ compensation system.
Seeking medical attention is always a primary goal in the aftermath of a workplace accident. It’s helpful if workplace officials, rescue workers and others are on hand to provide swift and orderly care. In fact, in a recent factory incident in New Holland, company representatives credited local first responders’ quick actions in providing aid to two workers who suffered injuries on the job.
The coworkers are employed at Tyson Foods
In the recent workplace accident, two Tyson Foods employees were somehow hit with sulfuric acid during their work shift. As mentioned at the start of this post as a priority after a workplace accident, rescuers swiftly transported both injured workers to a nearby hospital for emergency care. Thankfully, company representatives say that both employees are doing well.
Questions always need answering after a workplace accident
If you suffer an injury while carrying out the duties of your employment, company officials or, perhaps, government officials or police investigators, may want to question you about the events that led up to the accident. The more detail you can provide, the better. This is also true when filling out a workers’ compensation claim.
In fact, many workers whose claims receive a denial in their initial filings fail to gain approval due to lack of details regarding the injuries that occurred. If you have been involved in an accident similar to the one at Tysons Foods, for instance, it would be important to note what you were doing at the time the acid hit you and what or who may have caused the acid to splash on your body.
Collecting benefits through the workers’ compensation program
The reason your employer purchases workers’ compensation insurance is so that you or any other employee who suffers injuries in the workplace may file a claim to collect benefits during recovery. Such benefits can help you offset medical expenses and replace lost wages if you’re unable to keep working for a time.
If you don’t understand how to file a claim or your employer or an insurance agency acting on behalf of your employer tries to deny your claim, you may appeal the decision. It’s helpful to speak with someone who is well-versed in employment laws before filing an injury claim or pursuing an appeal.