It’s Labor Rights Week in Pennsylvania and across the Nation

From August 29 to September 4, 2016, the nation celebrates Labor Rights Week.  Specifically,

During Labor Rights Week, we remind ALL those that work in the United States of their right to:

A safe and healthy workplace free of obvious hazards

Fair wages — including overtime pay and the federal minimum wage

Say something to your employer about unsafe conditions or unfair wages

Far too many times, we have seen workers that we represent injured from unsafe and hazardous conditions.  Often, these types of conditions have simple solutions and fixes, but some employers chose to ignore them, putting workers at unnecessary risks.   (more…)

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The Six Common Warehouse Work Injuries We See

South Central Pennsylvania is one of the fastest booming areas in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, especially in warehouses.  In fact, several of the counties that we serve are listed among the Top 15 in Pennsylvania for population growth from 2010 to 2014.  Those counties are:  Cumberland (1st), Lancaster (4th), Franklin (6th), and Dauphin (15th).  That leads to jobs, but also to common warehouse injuries.

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Common warehouse injuries in Pennsylvania

Warehousing Growth in Central Pennsylvania

A large part of the growth that has occurred in Central Pennsylvania can be directly attributed to the warehousing and manufacturing development along the interstate 81 Corridor, from Greencastle, PA up through Dauphin County.  We’ve seen a recent boom, such as the development of Food Lion Distribution and World Kitchen in Greencastle, Chambersburg area warehouse development,  which includes, Target, Ulta, K Mart, and Staples, new warehouses in Shippensburg, which includes, Procter & Gamble and Georgia Pacific, newer warehouses in Carlisle, which includes, Giant Foods, Ross Distribution, AMES distribution, Office Depot, Ryder, Amazon,  OHL, and Lindt Chocolate.  Those are just a few. These warehouse operations employ many people through South Central Pennsylvania.  Additionally, there is more warehousing growth set for Carlisle (Exit 44 off I-81) and Shippensburg (Exit 24 and 29 off I-81).    (more…)

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Pennsylvania Workers Comp and Carpal Tunnel Claims

Carpal Tunnel syndrome can be a covered work injury in Pennsylvania workers compensation.   Given the latest stories we have posted here, with Procter & Gamble, Georgia-Pacific, and other large warehousing and manufacturing operations popping up all over Franklin, Cumberland, and Adams Counties, I felt it was time to address a common injury like carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is not an injury one would expect when thinking about what actually would be a workplace injury.  Those are saved…

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