In Pennsylvania, our state's workers' compensation laws are meant
to protect both workers and employers. Under these laws, when an employee
is injured or, as sometimes happens, even killed at work, the worker or
his or her family is entitled tocompensation for the injuries and possibly for the emotional and financial costs of
dealing with a lost loved one.
Two workers in a Pennsylvania foundry may soon become very familiar with
these laws. The employees were injured in an industrial accident at a
plant in Crawford County. This particular plant is in the business of
making products out of iron.
The precise circumstances of the accident have not yet been confirmed.
However, it is believed that the molten iron contained in a ladle splashed
over and injured one of the employees. That worker was taken to UPMC Mercy
in Pittsburgh to be treated for burns. The extent of the worker's
injuries was not disclosed in a local report.
The other foundry employee was taken to a Meadville hospital for evaluation,
but there was no word on that employee's condition.
In addition to medical bills, injured employees are often forced to spend
time away from work during their recovery from the accident. Workers'
compensation benefits may also provide compensation for lost wages during
this time of recovery.
It is important that an injured worker begins the workers' compensation
process as quickly as possible after sustaining an injury. Although the
claims process may seem straightforward, many employers try to deny, terminate
or modify benefits. All of these actions can cause delays in a worker's
much needed benefits. In such a situation, every injured worker in Pennsylvania
should be aware of the protections offered by our state's workers'
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Two injured in industrial accident in Crawford County," June 8, 2012