Injuries in the workplace can happen no matter how careful an employee
in Pennsylvania tries to be. Unfortunately, these
workplace injuries may prevent the person from returning to work right away, which can negatively
impact his or her household finances. Workers' compensation insurance
benefits are designed to provide financial help to injured workers when
they are unable to make a living for a period of time.
In an out-of-state case, authorities said several people have been injured
at one plant belonging to Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. According to
government officials, over 1,000 workplace injuries have been cited at
the plant in a period of just 3.5 years. In one incident, a worker ended
up losing three fingers while using a machine for woodworking.
Investigators with the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration
said they identified a total of 12 willful safety violations, 12 repeated
ones and 14 violations deemed serious. It has proposed fining the company
a whopping $1.76 million as a result. Company officials said it disagreed
with the administration's opinion and would contest its findings.
It is required of businesses in Pennsylvania to buy workers' compensation
insurance to cover employees who suffer injuries or fall ill while on
the job. The benefit of this type of insurance is that employers are protected
against being sued by their workers, and workers cannot be fired for filing
for insurance benefits. Appropriate legal guidance may help those who
have suffered workplace injuries to obtain the benefits they need to cover
their lost wages and receive required medical treatment.
Source: startribune.com, "OSHA cites Ashley Furniture for worker injuries
at Wisconsin plant; company disputes findings", Feb. 2, 2015