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Winter weather brings snow, ice and increase in work injuries

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During the winter season, it is important to be mindful of safety during inclement weather. Cold temperatures, snow and ice can all be dangerous. Experts say that these conditions create an increase in work injuries every year. Winter precipitation and icy surfaces caused over 42,480 people to miss at least one day of work due […]

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New Jersey transit granted sovereign immunity

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New Jersey Transit has successfully won an appeals case which granted it sovereign immunity and rescinded an earlier award to a former employee who was injured at work. Quitman Robinson was hurt on the job in 2011 while he was doing railroad maintenance for New Jersey Transit in Morristown. Robinson sued New Jersey Transit for […]

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Workplace illnesses can be hard to prove

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Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation law provides coverage for workers who suffer illnesses due to workplace conditions, but those illnesses and their causes are not always apparent. Filing workers’ compensation claims in such instances can threaten job security. Six former workers at a Philadelphia shooting range in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas recently accused the […]

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Ensure proper compensation for lost appendages at work

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A South Jersey pretzel factory faces up to $206,019 in penalties arising from the partial amputation of a worker’s finger at its Pennsauken plant. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in September ruled J&J Snack Foods Corp. is liable for injuries to the worker due to improper energy-control procedures used while the worker […]

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Lack of workers’ compensation benefits for workers in the gig economy

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The fatality of a bike messenger has revealed the potential perils of working in the gig economy, in which workers are not classified as employees, and thus, are ineligible for workers’ compensation. As reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pablo Avendano, who worked as a bike messenger, was in the midst of making a food delivery […]

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Report work injury promptly to your employer

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Usually, when an employee does not report a claim in a timely fashion, the employer can use such failure as a defense in a workers’ compensation court. However, lack of timely notice is rarely one of those defenses in New Jersey. It would appear as though lack of timely notice should be the first defense […]

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Ex-firefighter loses workers’ compensation claim that alleged his job led to cancer

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The Commonwealth Court ruled against a veteran firefighter’s appeal of his workers’ compensation claim that argued his occupation caused his prostate cancer. Gerald Cantz, a Philadelphia man, worked as a firefighter from 1977 to 2007 before retiring. In December 2009 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Cantz filed a claim in April 2012, alleging he […]

New Jersey state employee injured in crash denied special pension

New Jersey state employee injured in crash denied special pension

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A New Jersey Department of Education employee who was injured when driving to work on a snowy day because she was not aware a meeting had been canceled will not receive a full disability pension. Ursula Cargill had appealed a Board of Trustees of the Public Employees’ Retirement System ruling. Cargill applied for benefits due […]

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The effect of mental distress on the risk of women’s work injuries

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The role of gender in work injuries was the subject of a new study conducted by the Colorado School of Health’s Center for Health, Work and Environment on the Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The researchers discovered that psychological distress, including depression and anxiety, can cause women to be more susceptible to work injuries than men. […]

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The perils of the workplace for restaurant workers

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Generally, when referring to workplace hazards and dangers, we think of those workers who are employed in industries such as construction and manufacturing. However, people who work in the restaurant industry are also susceptible to the risk of injury and illness in the workplace. Restaurant employers have a legal duty to ensure the safety of […]