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June 2018 Archives

How to protect against falls

Whether a person falls on the same level or falls from height, it could lead to an injury or death. Therefore, Pennsylvania workers and others throughout the country should be as proactive as possible about eliminating hazards. They should never assume that someone is going to do so for them. Furthermore, it is important to wear appropriate footwear and avoid using a cellphone while walking.

Enforcement for new crystalline silica rules begin June 23

Starting on June 23, employers in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. must comply with new rules limiting workers' exposure to respirable crystalline silica. To prepare employers and workers, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a memorandum outlining the agency's enforcement schedule.

Preventing fatalities among sanitation workers

According to the Solid Waste Association of North America, 7 sanitation workers were killed in the first 10 days of 2018. The Bureau of Labor Statistics date shows that sanitation workers ranked fifth among civilians with the highest workplace fatality rates in 2016. Anyone in Pennsylvania who is connected to this industry will want to know what has been done to keep it safe and what can still be done on the part of employees and employers.

Qualifying for SSI

Pennsylvania residents who are elderly or living with disabilities sometimes struggle financially. For those who have very low incomes and few or no assets, the Supplemental Security Income program, also known as SSI, provides monthly cash payments that can help recipients meet their expenses. Those who receive SSI benefits may also automatically qualify for other social assistance programs.

Supreme Court to review attorneys' fees for Social Security cases

People in Pennsylvania sometimes seek legal help when pursuing Social Security benefits. Two federal laws guide compensation for attorneys working on these cases, but the decisions among federal appellate courts have been split on the issue, and now the Supreme Court of the United States has accepted a case to resolve the confusion.

Falls and construction claims: how to prevent both

Nationwide Insurance has just reviewed the more than 10,000 construction industry workers' compensation claims that it processed in the past five years, and it found that nearly a third were due to falls from elevated surfaces. Construction employers in Pennsylvania will want to know how to prevent falls in their workplace.

Guidelines worth following when applying for disability benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance provides a necessary safety net to many people. Pennsylvania residents and others who believe that they are entitled to benefits are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. When applications are completed and sent in a timely manner, they are more likely to be processed quickly. This means less time relying on personal assets to pay medical or other expenses.

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