Public officials throughout Pennsylvania have been lauding the potential economic benefits of the natural gas industry setting up shop in the state. The industry has the potential to bring many jobs to the state to extract gas from underground shale formations. At the same time, many are worried about the long-term health impacts of hydraulic fracturing, the mining technique used to harvest natural gas.
Over the last several years, there has been a serious effort to designing office products that help employees in Philadelphia, and across the nation, get their work done in an efficient and safe manner. As society becomes increasingly aware of the damaging effects of a repetitive motion work injury, ergonomic products are being produced to reduce bodily stress and the likelihood of developing a work-related condition.
Online shoppers throughout the world probably know of Amazon's reputation for selling books, electronics, toys and basically anything you can imagine. At the same time, the company itself has developed a reputation for being on the cutting edge of business. To many, they are a model company: They offer excellent benefits, such as stock options, to all of their full-time employees, including warehouse employees at their fulfillment center in Pennsylvania.
A lot of clients I see tell me that their boss or manager didn't want them to report an injury as being work related. These clients feel guilty because the employer makes them believe that the money is going to come out of other employees pockets or bankrupt the company. This could not be further from the truth. In Pennsylvania, an Employer is required to carry workers' compensation insurance to protect themselves against accident and injury. The Employer pays a premium and they get the full coverage under their workers' compensation policy. If you get injured and end up on the ER and say it happened somewhere other than work, this is technically insurance fraud. You also open yourself up to a number of other issues. There is a simple solution to this dilemma, if an injury is work related, report it that way.
Hazardous chemicals are common in a variety of industries, and many Pennsylvania workers risk exposure from improper handling, storage or labeling. Earlier this month, the government rolled out new chemical labeling standards--years in the making--intended to reduce the incidence of workplace injuries related to dangerous chemicals.