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What is the Busiest Time of Year for Agriculture in Lancaster, Pennsylvania?

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is one of the nation’s top agricultural producers, and Lancaster County leads the way.  The area, which is just an hour’s drive east of the state capital and less than two hours west of Philadelphia, ranks first in the state for the value of its agricultural crops and production, as well as its livestock and poultry. The area supplies much of the nation’s grains, vegetables, eggs, milk, and tobacco, with dairy farming the area’s leading agricultural business.   The county’s position as a national leader makes sense when considering that it boasts more farms than any…

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Understanding Potential Teacher Risks During the Back-to-School Season

It’s that time of year. Office supply stores and Target have dedicated aisle after aisle to binders and crayons and backpacks, and teachers are back in the classroom, putting the final touches on their lesson plans and making sure that their classrooms are color-coordinated and ready. We all think of teachers as underpaid heroes, but few of us are aware that their profession is among the most at-risk of on-the-job injury and illnesses.  Not only do a large percentage of our schools represent unhealthy environments that put teachers at risk of toxic exposure, but teachers are facing new challenges that…

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Avoiding Injury During a Seasonal Job

Spring, summer, fall and winter. Each season offers different seasonal job opportunities for people looking for extra money. Whether you’re a college student home on break or a homemaker looking to earn a little extra gift money before the holidays, it’s important that you understand your rights as a seasonal employee as well as the risks that are involved. For example, did you know that seasonal workers are at a much higher risk for workplace injuries than is true of full time or part-time workers who are in the same job through the course of the year?  It’s true. Whether…

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The Most Common Workers’ Comp Injuries in Pennsylvania

When you think of all the different types of work and work environments that exist in the state of Pennsylvania, it is easy to imagine that there is a wide variety of injuries that are suffered by the state’s workers. But according to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, though the state agency tracks claims in a way that is broken down by industry and occupation job descriptions may vary, the injuries suffered across different occupations remain largely the same. The following are the state’s most commonly reported work-related injuries and illnesses reported each year that result in workers’ compensation…

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The Most Common Summer Seasonal Job Injuries

Whether you’re a student or teacher who is off for the summer, a full-time year-round employee looking for extra work or a person who relies on seasonal employment as your source of income, the summer season brings big opportunities. Theme parks and farms, ice cream stores and golf courses are all looking for extra help to manage the increased flow of business that warmer weather and vacation season brings. Unfortunately, summer’s seasonal jobs leave you vulnerable to countless workplace injuries. Though many people think of seasonal work as providing fewer protections than full-time employment, when it comes to workers’ compensation,…

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Dressing to Work in Extreme Heat

The hottest days of the year are right around the corner, and with high heat comes additional risk for those who work outside. Whether your job is under the baking sun or inside in high-heat conditions, both situations put you at risk for heat-related injuries or illnesses. Though workers who are injured or sickened at work are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits including compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, the best answer is always to avoid injury in the first place. Here are some tips for dressing to work in extreme heat. How Heat Can Lead to Fatalities, Injuries…

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What are the Most Common Food Service Injuries?

Working in food service can be extremely rewarding and offers a wide range of opportunities. From fast food spots to four-star restaurants and from serving or busing tables to working behind the line as a sous chef or head chef, you can earn a fair income, learn a lot, and spend time with interesting people. Unfortunately, these jobs come with risks and food service injuries are common. Those who work in customer-facing roles can hurt themselves reaching across tables to serve or clear. They can trip on a slippery fall, or even find themselves face-to-face with robbers. Those who work…

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Do Temporary Workers Have Access to Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

Summer is on the horizon, and that means that students and teachers are going to be searching for employment. Whether you’re enmeshed in the 9-months-per year world of education or seek temporary or seasonal work for any other reason or at any other time of year, temporary workers are an important part of the workforce. Where full time and part-time employees are entitled to workers’ compensation insurance in case they get hurt on the job, many seasonal workers wonder whether temporary workers also have access to these important protections. Workers’ compensation insurance exists to provide medical expenses and wage replacement…

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Pennsylvania’s Amish and Mennonite Communities Skip Workers’ Compensation Due to Religious Exemption

When employees in the state of Pennsylvania are injured on the job, they can rest secure in the knowledge that their medical expenses and time away from work is covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance. But few realize that if they are working for a company owned by either Amish or Mennonite owners, there is a chance that no such insurance coverage has been purchased for them. This is because Pennsylvania’s religious exemption laws permit participation in what is an otherwise mandated form of protection. The Amish and Mennonite religions specifically bar against insurance. The religious sects make it an employer’s…

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What are the Most Common Injuries to Agricultural Workers?

Farming may seem like an idyllic occupation, but the ability to work with agriculture and animals belies the dangers of the job. Agricultural work ranks among the most dangerous, with a very high risk for both fatal and nonfatal injury despite a number of comprehensive safety regulations having been put in place to reduce them. Hundreds of farmers and farmworkers die each year from a work-related injury, and every day roughly 100 agricultural workers suffer an injury that results in needing time away from work. The most common injuries are a result of vehicle accidents and particularly tractor rollovers, but…

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