Low wages and frequent injuries for nursing home employees in Pennsylvania

A guest column by Bill Parkinson in the Carlisle Sentinel caught my eye.  The essence of Mr. Parkinson's article is the pathetic nature of the low wages paid to nursing home employees. There’s clearly something terribly askew about a system wherein the individuals we trust to care for those we love aren’t paid a living wage. That inequity speaks volumes — tearfully sad volumes — about our priorities, our respect for our relatives and ourselves. How right he is. I…

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Realities in a Pennsylvania workers compensation settlement

I have written posts before about the timing of a workers compensation settlement. It’s a personal decision between you and your family.  The topic of this post is --- settlement expectations. There are a few realistic expectations that must be discussed to better help you understand the settlement process. First, just because an injured worker decides they are ready to settle their claim, does not necessarily mean the workers compensation insurance carrier is interested in settling claim. It has to…

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Shippensburg’s Domestic Castings cited again by OSHA

Domestic Castings, a castings manufacturer located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, has been cited and fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the eighth time for safety violations. Domestic Casting in Shippensburg has been cited and fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the for the eighth time in four years. OSHA said Monday its three most recent inspections in June and July 2014 at the Shippensburg facility found 27 total violations and issued $152,912 in fines…

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Dorney Park cited by OSHA for Safe Worker Conditions

Dorney Park, an amusement park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for unsafe working conditions for employees.  More specifically, the citation resulted from the Park failing to protect workers from heat hazards and illness.  A June 9 investigation prompted by the teen's collapse near a food stand fryer revealed that Dorney Park's outdoor and food staff, the majority of whom are seasonally employed teenagers, were exposed to heat hazards during their summer employment,…

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Work Injury at Shippensburg’s Procter & Gamble

You can read about it here at ShippensburgWorkersComp.com. Sounds like a pretty serious injury if Life Lion had to be called, rather than regular emergency personnel.  We will keep an eye out for additional information related to this work injury. To the best of our knowledge, the new Procter & Gamble facility is still hiring and not anywhere near capacity.  The huge new distribution center off the Olde Scotland Road in Franklin County Shippensburg is the largest warehouse int he…

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Court: PPL exonerated from paying $2.5 million to pole painter

The Pennsylvania Superior Court exonerated PPL from having to pay a $2.5 million verdict to an injured workers that was painting a utility pole and fell tot he ground, suffering significant lower extremity and back injuries.   The injured worker was not an employee of PPL, but of a painting contractor.  In an earlier trial, a Jury found PPL 51% liable for damages, and the injured employee 49% liable. The main issue int his case was 'retention of control' and…

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Pennsylvania Workers Comp: Can I refuse medical treatment?

I frequently get asked questions about medical treatment.  One of those questions revolves around surgery and whether an employee must undergo surgery or some other medical treatment.  The easy answer is, yes, you can refuse any medical treatment you do not want.  HOWEVER, the important follow up question to that is, will a refusal of medical treatment impact my workers compensation benefits?  That answer is, yes, it may have a substantial impact on your benefits.   Let me explain. In…

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Shoulder Injuries and Pennsylvania workers compensation

I see many shoulder injuries in my workers compensation practice.  These types of injuries generally are centered around warehouses and distribution centers, trucking terminals, nursing care facilities, and manufacturing type facilities. These type of work-related injuries can be specific type of injuries or repetitive type injuries.  Injuries to the shoulder can happen in specific events, such as lifting items overhead and feeling a 'pop' or feeling immediate pain in the shoulder area when pushing or pulling something heavy, or falling…

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In Pennsylvania, Do I Get Reimbursed for Mileage for Doctors Visits under Workers Compensation?

A work-related injury can be financially devastating for many Pennsylvania workers.   If your workers compensation claim is denied and you are out of work, while you litigate the Claim Petition, you will have no income, unless you can obtain short term and/or long term disability.  Even if your work-related injury is accepted, many injured workers struggle, because, depending on your pre-injury wages, your workers compensation benefits are either 90% or 2/3 your pre-injury wage. For some who live pay…

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Procter & Gamble in Shippensburg Begins Hiring, Georgia Pacific likely choosing Exit 29 site

Procter & Gamble has begin the hiring process for their new Shippensburg, Pennsylvania facility.  The new 1.8 million square foot warehouse is being built along the Olde Scotland Road and is fully constructed on the exterior.   They are expected to hire 963 workers for the new facility. The company will be using two third-party contractors for the hiring of employees.  Translation --- the company will be using temporary agencies to staff the complex. The company said that hiring at…

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