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Springtime Hazards for Workers

As enjoyable as the warmer days of spring may be, companies should plan for the less pleasant conditions that pop up in workplaces in springtime. Though the dangers associated with snow and ice may have departed for the time being, spring brings its own. Safety managers must remain vigilant about possible hazards associated with weather changes and wet conditions.

Outdoor Dangers

At the beginning of spring,  » Read More

First Responders and PTSD

After a fire, a car accident, or a crime, we know who the victims are. They are the men, women, and children selflessly assisted by first responders on the scene. But these workers who often put themselves in harms’ way to protect and assist others are victims in their own way too.

In October 2018, an out-of-control stretch limousine carrying a group of friends and family crashed in upstate New York,  » Read More

Injuries and Illnesses Caused by Cold Weather Conditions

As the brutal winter months continue, the risk of injury rises for workers exposed to the freezing temperatures. Extreme cold-related illnesses, such as hypothermia, trench foot and frostbite, coupled with the dangers of slips and falls due to ice or snow, are among the many hazards workers face as temperatures drop. Employers and employees alike must be very cautious and prepared to help prevent these emergency situations.  » Read More

Dangers of Working With Toluene 

Workers in many industries may experience toluene exposure without awareness of the harm it can cause. Because toluene exposure may cause birth defects, pregnant women should never work around the chemical.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends substituting a safer chemical for toluene, but that is not possible in every industry. While toluene is primarily used for industrial purposes,  » Read More

Can You Choose Your Own Doctor to Treat a Work Injury?

Most injured workers want to get the best treatment possible, recover, and move on with their lives. However, for those who have spent years with one doctor, the thought of depending on a stranger for care after a devastating work injury may seem overwhelming.

The good news is, Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation law does make allowances for injured workers to receive treatment from the doctor of their choice,  » Read More