Chambersburg gaining 90 new jobs

The Chambersburg, Pennsylvania area will gain 90 new jobs soon.  Olympic Steel is expanding their business and plans to add 90 new jobs to the area.

Founded in 1954, Olympic Steel Inc. has had a facility located in Chambersburg since 1999. It provides customer-focused, state-of-the-art machining, welding, plate processing, warehousing and distribution services to local equipment manufacturers.

 The local economy continues to enjoy new job growth in one of Pennsylvania’s most rapidly growing counties.  Earlier this year, we learned that Volvo decided to relocate it’s Asheville, NC facility to Shippensburg and makes the Shippensburg location it’s North American headquarters.   That project would boast 400 additional jobs, 220 which would be newly created. 

The Work Injury Notice Requirement

Often I field questions on what is proper timing for Notice to be given to the employer that a person has been injured at work.

First, what does notice mean?  Actually quite simple, your Employer can not begin investigation of your injury claim or even know you are injured at work until you tell them.  That is notice.  You can provide notice of injury to your employer either verbally or through writing.  Either method is sufficient.  However, I always recommend to put it in writing.  That way, should notice become an issue in your case, putting it in writing makes it easier to prove.

21 Day Notice Requirement:  In Pennsylvania, an employee must provide notice to the employer within 21 days from the time the employee knew or should have know of the injury.  By providing the notice within 21 days, should the burden of proof be met by the employee for entitlement to workers compensation benefits, benefits would be awarded from the actual date of injury.

After 21 Days:  If an employee provides notice after 21 days from the date the employee knew or should have know an injury occurred, then, should the merits of the case be proved, benefits would be awarded back to the date notice, NOT back to the date of injury.  By not providing Notice within 21 days, it also makes proving the merits of the case more challenging.

120 Day Limit:  If you do provide notice of injury to your employer after 21 days, time is no unlimited.  If you fail to provide notice of injury to your employer within 120 days form the date you knew or should have know of the injury, then your claim is forever barred.

Moral of this Post:  Make it easy on your self and your claim.  When you are hurt on the job or believe an injury you have was caused by work or repetitive behavior at work, tell your supervisor RIGHT AWAY.  It is a critical element of your claim.  Too many workers have told me they did not tell their Employer because they were worried about their job or they didn’t think it was a big deal.  Don’t fall into those falsehoods.  Tell your employer immediately if you have been hurt at work.

PA Unemployment rate rises .2 points

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate increased a slit .2 points.  The increase raises the unemployment rate from July of 7.9% to August 8.1%.

Here are the unemployment rate numbers for the areas we serve.

Adams County, Pennsylvania:  6.8%
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania:  6.8%
Franklin County, Pennsylvania:  6.9%
York County, Pennsylvania:  8.0%
Harrisburg-Carlisle Metro Combined Area:  7.4%