Workers' compensation is a form of insurance intended to make certain
that employees injured on the job in Pennsylvania receive benefits, regardless
of who was at fault in the accident. In exchange for access to these benefits,
workers waive the right to sue their employers for personal injuries suffered
as a result of a
job-related accident. There are some exceptions to this procedure, however, and thousands of
workers receive other benefits accordingly. To be sure, no one wants to
see workers injured, and many employers go to great lengths to provide
for employee safety.
However, accidents do happen, and it is interesting to note that some industries
are better equipped to plan for and prevent workplace injury.
For instance, the health care industry has one of the highest rates of
injuries and illness. Reportedly, 5.2 out of every 100 workers are injured
or otherwise made ill by work-related causes. That figure compares with
a rate of 3.5 out of every 100 workers for all of the rest of private
industry. Mining, construction and manufacturing industries all have lower
rates of injury than the health care industry. And certain subcategories
of health care, such as hospitals and nursing homes, have even more incidences
of injury and illness.
While it is reassuring to know that workers' compensation benefits
in Pennsylvania are generally available when needed, observers believe
more emphasis is required in health care to prevent on-the-job injury.
Some complain that, while much effort is duly focused on patients, more
attention on employee safety is needed. Those who are injured or become
ill are often so consumed with their own health problems that they don't
know which way to turn when it comes to enforcing rules and regulations.
No matter what industry is involved, anyone who has been injured or made
ill in a badly protected work environment should investigate the available
options for obtaining proper compensation.