The Fourth of July has come and gone. For some, the highlight of this holiday
is the late night fireworks displays put on by numerous communities across
Pennsylvania. The job taken on by those setting off the fireworks is obviously
inherently dangerous. Accordingly, pyrotechnics companies that are running
these shows must ensure that their employees are working in the safest
conditions possible so they are not injured on the job.
Unfortunately, one worker's injuries before the fireworks displays
in Monroe and Pitman, Pennsylvania led to the cancellation of these shows
the evening of July 4, only one of which was rescheduled. According to
the president of Schaefer Pyrotechnics based out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
a crew chief was injured on Wednesday night.
The president of the fireworks company stated that due to the nature of
the work performed during fireworks displays, it was important that they
not send anyone out to do that work while in substandard condition. Although
the cancellation of these shows may have disappointed some residents,
it is important that employers are always taking whatever steps are reasonably
necessary to ensure the safety of their employees.
Because this man was injured on the job, it is very possible that he will
be able to recover workers' compensation benefits. If they had sent
him out to work on the fireworks displays the next day, it is possible
his injury could have become worse and the company would then be on the
line for other possible causes of action.
When an individual is injured while performing work for their employer,
it is important that they understand that they can file a workers'
compensation claim. Unfortunately, there are detailed steps and a process
that must be followed in order to successfully recover these benefits
and sometimes the process can be confusing and frustrating. However, hiring
an experienced workers' compensation attorney may be just what the
injured worker needs to relieve the stress of trying to obtain benefits
and instead spend the time and energy necessary on their physical recovery.
Source: Courier-Post, "Pitman fireworks delayed by injury," Andy McNeil, July 6, 2013