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Is There an Overlap of Workers’ Compensation and FMLA?

Many workers who are injured on the job and absent from work due to their injuries question what type of leave they are entitled to. Workers’ Compensation provides injured employees with a percentage of lost wages and cost of medical treatment when the injury or illness results from job duties. FMLA, or the Family and[…] Read More

Poultry Worker Hazards and Injuries

When most people think of the region’s more than 18,000 individuals working with chickens and turkeys, they might picture farmers. However, the vast majority of poultry workers spend a lifetime laboring at processing plants that prepare poultry for market. And like all manufacturing environments, those plants can become unsafe and potentially deadly worksites. Common Hazards[…] Read More

Avoiding Injuries Due to Prolonged Standing at Work

Anyone who has spent the day walking around a regional amusement park or taking their family to the Delaware Children’s Museum knows how taxing the experience can be. Just a few hours’ standing can lead to cardiovascular exertion, aches, fatigue, and in some cases, repetitive stress injuries. For hairdressers, manufacturing plant workers, health industry employees,[…] Read More

Opioid Prescriptions in Rural Areas

Workplace injuries often result in prescriptions for opioids. Opioids are a class of powerful drugs used to reduce pain and include the prescription medications oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), fentanyl, and morphine. Opioids are painkillers that also can have serious side effects, particularly from long-term usage, including dependence, overdose, and fatality. News stories have abounded in[…] Read More

Beware Heat Stress Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 8,000 people died from heat-related illnesses between 1999 and 2010. This statistic is devastating, due to the fact that heat stress is entirely preventable. It is officially the hottest time of the year in the United States and therefore, it is important to increase[…] Read More

Toxic Gas Leak Leads to OSHA Fines

Croda International, a British-based chemicals company, has again been fined by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for a toxic gas leak near New Castle in November 2018. The most recent fine of $260,000 by OSHA related to what authorities say was a preventable leak brings the total fines levied[…] Read More

SEPTA Worker Fatally Struck by Train on Broad Street Line

A SEPTA worker sustained fatal injuries after being struck by a train on the Broad Street Line. On Monday evening, around 5:44 pm, the accident occurred in the Tioga section of Philadelphia. The worker who was employed with SEPTA for over 20 years was working with two other employees on the northbound tracks when he[…] Read More