What Are the Types of Workers Compensation Benefits?

In Pennsylvania employers are required to carry Workers Compensation insurance.   They can either purchase insurance or self-insure the employees.  Workers Compensation can provide an income in case of workers injury on the job.  Workers Compensation also covers employees if they become sick as a result of conditions in the workplace. What many may not know, is that in Pennsylvania there are six types of Workers Compensation benefits available to workers. Permanent Partial Disability Benefits – These are benefits available to[…] Read More

Can Analytics Reduce Workplace Injuries and Deaths?

Predictive data can be used in order to reduce the likelihood of accidents and work injuries. Predictive analytics is a combination of machine learning, statistical algorithms, and data mining and determines the likelihood of accidents. With four years of data, workplace injuries can be predicted with accuracy rates as high as 97 percent. Some companies reported reducing their injury rates by almost 70 percent within 18 months using predictive analytics. Some companies have also used the data to reduce their[…] Read More

How Should Health Care Workers Handle Job-Related Stress?

Now, more than ever, health care workers are experiencing greater stress on the job. Working in the health care field has always been stressful. For example, working as a paramedic or in the emergency department of a hospital has always been a fast-paced job, but now, this stress is heightened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some techniques and activities that can assist with stress management for health care professionals include the following: Listening groups within the profession: At the beginning[…] Read More

How are Robots Reducing Workplace Injuries?

Work-related injuries are expensive and also increase worker turnover. For example, in 2018, more than 115,000 manufacturing workers and 17,000 warehouse workers missed workdays due to injuries. Additionally, in 2018, more than 104 million workdays were lost because of workplace injuries and fatalities. One solution that many employers in the manufacturing and warehouse sectors are considering are deploying robots that can work alongside their human counterparts. Repetitive movements are the culprit of many different musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs comprise of[…] Read More

Can Wearable Sensors Protect Workers?

Wearable sensors can help prevent work-related injuries. Recent research shows that many workplace accidents can be attributed to fatigue or other preventable factors. If an employee wears sensors to track information about their status or movements while at work, it can be useful. Sensors tell employers more about why and when workplace accidents occur and how accidents can be prevented. Wearable sensors can be strapped to the body around the abdomen and also around the thorax area of the body.[…] Read More

What Causes Work Accidents and Injuries in Offices?

Often, employers are less conscious about hazards or risks that may be present in office spaces. Workplace accidents or hazards in an office environment may be overlooked, but statistics tell show that work injuries can happen. Employers and employees must be aware of office-related dangers in order to prevent accidents. Falls are Common Accidents in Office Workplaces According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), slip and fall accidents are the most common office-related accident in the United[…] Read More

How can Slip and Fall Accidents be Prevented at Work?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slip and fall accidents account for approximately 15 percent of all accident deaths and about 25 percent of all workplace accidents. Additionally, slip and fall injuries make up more than 17 percent of all disabling work injuries. Slip and fall accidents at work account for 95 million lost work days every year, which is about 65 percent of all lost work days. If employers can prevent slip and fall accidents, it[…] Read More

How Common is Work-Related Hearing Loss?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 22 million workers are exposed to dangerous noise levels each year. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOT), about $242 million every year is spent by employers on workers’ compensation benefits related to hearing loss. Some of the most affected industries include construction, mining, and manufacturing. Regulations at Work The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has regulations regarding protections for workers who are exposed to continuous and[…] Read More

Why COPD Awareness Month is Important for Workers

November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month, and many people are not aware of the grave impact COPD has on American society. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States. COPD is a serious lung disease that causes obstruction in airflow to and from the lungs. COPD is often misunderstood because many people believe that is only associated with smoking, but this is not the case. Who is Vulnerable to COPD? COPD can also[…] Read More

Can Pre-Existing Conditions Affect Workers’ Compensation Claims?

If a worker is hurt on the job but the injury exacerbated a previous condition, it could make the workers’ compensation claim more complicated, but it will not erase eligibility. For example, if a worker hurt their shoulder during a home improvement project but the injury was worsened at work, they should still be able to collect benefits. Depending on the situation and injury, the fact that there was a less-severe injury prior to the more debilitating injury could impact[…] Read More