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Ototoxic Exposure in the Workplace

  Everyone knows that working in loud environments can have a negative impact on an employee’s hearing. Continued exposure to loud noises could cause permanent hearing loss, as well as other health issues. However, that’s not the only situation that may result in hearing loss. Exposure to a group of chemicals known as ototoxins can...

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Congress Considers Healthcare Violence Prevention

Last month, legislation was introduced to Congress that would direct OSHA to issue rules aimed at preventing workplace violence in the healthcare sector. Led by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), the bill closely resembles a similar law which went into effect in California last year. Referred to as the Health Care Workplace Violence Prevention Act, the...

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42 Percent of Construction Worker Deaths Involve Falls

Few jobs today are as risky as construction and contracting work. The physical demands and hazardous work environment mean that injuries and deaths are all too common, with 937 fatal injuries occurring in 2015. Roofers, in particular, are at a much higher risk for injury and death, ranking in the top five in fatal injury...

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Balancing Safety Versus Production in the Workplace

Balancing safety and production has been a challenge for employers for decades. Many of today’s workplace regulations were born out of negligence that led to accidents in previous years. But creating the safest work environment possible is an ongoing challenge. For many workplaces, this challenge is born out of the nature of their industry, such...

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Winter Safety for Pennsylvania Workers

Here in the northeast, we grow accustomed to winter weather and the impacts it has on our lives. It can become routine to live here after twenty, thirty, or fifty winters, and some of the things we do to adjust may become normal enough that we don’t consider how dangerous the conditions really are. It...

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Social Security Disability Delays Cost Lives

A Window Into the Disability Backlog Last month, The Washington Post published a report on the effects of a growing backlog of Social Security Disability cases. The article focused on a hearing day in the life of one applicant in Mississippi. His story highlights the struggles of many Americans waiting for a disability hearing, the...

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Injured Bethlehem Highway Workers May Be Entitled to Workers' Compensation Benefits

Everyday, dangers exist on American highways. While there is much focus on injured drivers, passengers, motorcycle riders, bicyclists and pedestrians, there is less attention focused on injured highway workers. These workers face constant hazards in a highly perilous work environment. If you’ve been injured while performing road work, consult with an experienced Bethlehem workers' compensation...

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How Disabled Bethlehem Residents Can Access Disability Benefits

When a person becomes disabled and is no longer able to work, he or she may be legally entitled to receive disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. The benefits are a critical tool for helping families navigate difficult financial circumstances. Learn more about how to file for disability benefits, how to appeal an adverse...

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Exposure to Toxins Can Cause Injuries to Pennsylvania Workers

There are many different types of illnesses and injuries that could entitle an employee to worker’s compensation benefits. Many workers fail to realize that they could potentially receive benefits even if there isn't one single traumatic incident. Exposure to toxins in the workplace is an example of a long-term injury, and a worker suffering from...

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