Drug Tests and Impact on Employment and Workers Compensation

The Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association recently released a report that one in three potential employees either refuse to take a drug pre-screen test or fail a pre-screen drug test. While in many cases the percentages are not high, the fact that 19% refuse to take drug tests as a condition of employment and 16% fail these tests raise a red flag and a real concern about this issue. These stats are troubling and disheartening for Pennsylvania.   Drug pre-screen testing is…

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Carlisle worker killed at Amazon warehouse

OSHA is investigating the death of a Carlisle, PA woman while she was working at the Amazon.com warehouse near Walnut Bottom Road in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Jody Rhoads, 52, of Carlisle, died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries at Carlisle Regional Medical Center after the motorized pallet jack she was operating crashed into shelving, according to Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall. This is truly a tragic event for the Rhodes family.  No one asks to get hurt at work,…

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If I live in Pennsylvania, can I bring a workers compensation claim in Pennsylvania?

There are several different ways that a work injury can fall under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Many people falsely believe that if one lives in Pennsylvania, then one can bring a workers compensation claim, regardless of where one was injured, within Pennsylvania's workers compensation system.  That is not always true. First rule is the easy one.  If the injury occurred in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania will always have jurisdiction over that claim.  For example, if a worker from Illinois was traveling…

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Georgia-Pacific coming to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania?

Georgia-Pacific coming to Shippensburg? - Mooney & Associates Georgia-Pacific, one of the world's leading manufacturers of paper products, such as Angel Soft, Brawny, Sparkle, and Dixie, is considering two locations for a regional distribution center in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.   The plans were presented last night before the Shippensburg School Board.  As a member of the School Board, I sat through the presentation and will be asked to vote on a LERTA, a property tax incentive program. Georgia-Pacific presented two different…

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Reporting a work injury in Pennsylvania

Often, I hear stories from clients that they were told by Supervisors that if a work injury is not reported within 24 hours of occurrence, then they lose their workers compensation rights.  Not only is the practice deceptive, but it is also legally incorrect. The PA Workers Compensation Act is specific in requirements to report an injury to your employer.  The Act states that an employee has 21 days from he date of injury to report the injury to the…

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Carlisle Gingerbread Man server seriously injured

Often when you think of workers compensation, you think of lifting injuries, in which an injured worker hurts his/her back, neck, or shoulder when lifting a heavy item.  Or you think of slip and falls at work, whether it be on ice and snow or on oil or some type of moisture on the ground.  Of you hear about forklift accidents.  Or you hear about nursing assistants in nursing homes getting injured when trying to lift a patients or save…

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Repetitive Work Injuries are real and compensable

Some of my clients heard from friends that they can't get workers compensation benefits for their injury, because there was no specific event.  What we mean by a specific event is an injury that occurs when something specific happens at work  --- you slip and fall at work, you lift something and experience immediate pain, you get hit by a forklift, you are assaulted by a patient.  Those are specific injuries. However, there are also repetitive injuries.  These type of…

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Don’t fall for Employer Tricks When Hurt on the Job

Often when an individual is hurt at work, their employer or immediate supervisor will discourage the use of workers compensation.  Obviously, the employer does not want their workers compensation insurance premiums to increase.  So they make things up or try to guilt an injured worker into not claiming the work injury. Don't fall for those tricks.  Your workers compensation rights are too valuable to your present, your future, and your health.  I hear it time and time again when I…

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