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Mistakes that impact your workers’ compensation claim

If you were injured on the job (or became ill) and need to make a workers' compensation claim, it is imperative to understand how the system works in your state. This can go a long way in helping you avoid mistakes.

Here are several mistakes that can have a negative impact on your claim:

Black Friday can lead to workplace injury

When you are on-the-job, your expectation is that you will be safe. Even general contractors have safety guidelines that include keeping their workers safe when working at heights. Believe it or not, Black Friday workplace injuries are not unheard of. And with the time of year coming up when people get out at pre-dawn hours to get great deals, you need to be aware that there is a chance you could be injured while working.

The fact that so much money is made on this day, motivates retailers to offer discounts on items that people often want for the holidays. Stores have enormous crowds of people who are pushing toward the door the minute it opens and this alone can cause injury to the employees who are working that day.

Disease victims don’t always receive workers’ compensation

In many industries, employees are exposed to substances that can cause bodily harm. If a person is injured or becomes ill on the job, he or she has the right to collect workers' compensation benefits.

Despite the fact that the workers' compensation system is in place for this reason, there is often a challenge standing in the way: The employer does not always want to cooperate.

How can employers transition to safer chemicals?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers throughout the country use chemicals every day of the week. While many of these are dangerous, only some are regulated.

As a result of this use, workers suffer nearly 200,000 illnesses annually. Just as alarming is the fact that chemical exposure is associated with 50,000 workplace deaths.

Safety concerns raised over new roundabout

A new roundabout in Dupont, Pennsylvania, is creating safety issues according to several truck drivers and other motorists. The roundabout is not completed yet, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman; however, it is open to traffic.

One truck driver who has been driving for 50 years said that you can't get off the exit without going into the other lanes. He told reporters, "It's unsafe. They're going to get somebody killed."

Commercial vehicle drivers can take steps to improve safety

Many people enjoy taking long bus trips. This allows them to reach their destination without having to drive themselves or get on a plane. Not to mention the fact that it is often more affordable.

But here is the problem with commercial bus travel: An accident can happen at any time. These are not common, but they do happen.

What are the workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania?

If you are injured on the job in Pennsylvania, you don't want to sit around and wait to learn more about workers' compensation. Instead, it is important to understand what is available to you, how to file for benefits, and what is expected of you during the recovery process.

One of the most important things you can do is learn more about the many types of workers' compensation benefits provided by the state program. These include:

Construction worker injuries and on-the-job safety

There are a number of safety issues that construction workers face on the job that other workers do not. Some safety concerns, though, are very similar.

In 2012, there are 4,175 worker deaths. Just over 19 percent were in the construction industry -- or just over 800 workers. More than half of those deaths were caused by only factors:

Event cancelled after student dies in car accident

Penn State University's THON charitable campaign has been going strong for years. This time around, however, the organization has decided to suspend a canning weekend, during which students collect donations, due to the death of a student in a car accident.

According to reports, a 19-year-old female student from Connecticut was killed in an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. She was returning from a canning event in Philadelphia, along with other students, when the crash occurred.

How to deal with toxins in the workplace

There are some types of companies in which toxins in the workplace are a daily occurrence. Even so, this does not mean that employees should be exposed. Instead, it is imperative that they are kept protected at all times.

Any company can take steps to prevent or reduce toxin exposure. Not only should the company have a system and strategy in place for doing so, but employees should be aware of what is expected of them.

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