Growth in warehouse development and subsequent jobs that follow are expected to continue to grow in the Chambersburg, Shippensburg, and Carlisle areas of South Central Pennsylvania, in 2018. It is kind of obvious given the continued development underway.
Looking at Shippensburg, you can see warehouse development currently underway off Interstate 81 Exit 24. There is expected to be an additional warehouse to be built after the one behind the new Sheetz Store is completed. The warehouses being developed off Exit 24 are considered to be Spec Warehouses. Specifically, Spec Warehouses are built to be leased out, meaning, it is not being built for a specific company, such as Procter & Gamble on the Olde Scotland Road or Georgia Pacific off Exit 29 in Shippensburg. Additionally, there is expected to be continues development off Exit 29 in Cumberland County by the Beistle Company and Georgia Pacific locations.
Just a bit North on Interstate 81. you will witness an ongoing boom in warehouse construction in Carlisle. Many of these huge warehouses that are being erected are again, Spec Warehouses, being developed to lease. Currently, you can see warehouse development continuing to boom off Exit 44, the Allen Street exit. This all goes along with the booming construction in Chambersburg off Interstate 81. The booming distribution economy along the Interstate 81 corridor is causing low unemployment rates in Franklin and Cumberland Counties. Many of these jobs are either temporary employment or temporary to start before being hired on full-time by employers.
Warehouses jobs, such as order selectors, fork lift drivers, loaders, and more, are at risk for work injuries. You can view the actual phamplet from OSHA on the most common injuries int he warehousing industry. I also published an article here on the most common warehouse injuries that walk into my office.
Here are a few pointers for injured warehouse employees.
First, know who your employer really is. Let me explain. If you work at Procter & Gamble in Shippensburg and are specifically hired by a temporary agency, your employer for workers compensation purposes, is the actual temporary agency you work for, NOT Procter & Gamble. It is important to identify the proper employer in a workers compensation case.
Second, notice of injury is critical. Always remember to report your injury immediately to a supervisor. If you work for a temporary agency, you must also report the injury to the agency, not just a floor supervisor. Failure to report an injury right away almost always leads to a denial of your claim.
Third, be careful what you sign. Employers tend to put a ton of paperwork in front of an injured worker. Before signing it, make sure you understand exactly what you are signing and what is means to your rights. Call us right away if you have question on what you are signing. We always offer FREE consultations for worker injuries.
Fourth, seek immediate medical treatment. Sometimes, I hear stories of injured workers who just try and ‘grunt’ through pain. They think the injury will just go away. Then it doesn’t. That lack of medical treatment in the beginning can trigger a denial of your claim as well. Second, ‘grunting’ through an injury can worsen an injury. Sometimes we see that in partial rotator cuff tears that end up being full thick tears. There is a substantial difference in terms of need for surgery and recovery. Don’t risk it. Get checked out.
Fifth, ask your employer if they have a panel list of medical providers. They are required to in order for the 90 day panel provisions to be in effect. Second, if they do have a list, you are FREE to treat with any provider on that list. Your employer can’t dictate which one you treat with.
Finally, ask your employer for a work injury incident report. Keep notes on employer responses.
Workers Compensation is a complex area of law. If you are hurt at work, call Mooney & Associates right away for a FREE consultation with me. Your rights and benefits under the Workers Compensation Act are too valuable to risk. At Mooney & Associates, I have litigated hundreds of cases. I have deposed tons of doctors. I have recovered millions of dollars for injured workers. I stand ready to fight and protect your benefits. Call today at 717-200-HELP or 1-877-632-4656. If you prefer, you can also email me right here through this site. We have offices throughout Franklin, Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties In Pennsylvania. I will meet you at the office most convenient for you.