Fatal work injuries hold steady, Pennsylvania ranked 6th in fatalities

The United State Department of Labor and Industry released data today that confirmed 4,679 fatal injuries in the workplace in 2014.  That number is essentially the same as 2013, in which here were 4,585 fatal injuries, but 2014 saw more an increase in total work hours.  The rate of 3.3 fatalities to 100,000 full time equivalent was unchanged from 2013 to 2014. The areas of occupation that reported the larger increases are significant industries in Pennsylvania.  Those areas are:  Mining…

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HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!

Today is a day to honor the hard working, dedicated workers of this great Commonwealth and nation.  As an Attorney that represents injured workers, I wish many employers got to know the many employees I have come to represent over the years. Unfortunately, through my work, I too often see the opposite.  I see dedicated workers who suffer an unfortunate accident on the job that caused significant injury, pain, and go through significant physical, emotional, and financial pain.  Many times,…

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PA Court clarifies Construction Workplace Misclassification Act for Contractors

The Pennsylvania State Legislature enacted the Construction Workplace Misclassification Act in 2010 in an effort to clarify whether an injured party is deemed to be an independent contractor or an employee.  Most typically, we see these issues arise in the construction industry where a General Contractor believes they have hired a person as a Subcontractor.  I've had my share of these types of cases. The Misclassification Act defines three elements to determine whether an individual is an independent contractor or…

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