Industry stakeholders, contractors, and industry associations recently provided testimony at an OSHA public hearing regarding reinforcing steel and post-tensioning standards. As reported by The Ironworker, the rationale for pursuing new standards is:

  • The current OSHA standard written in 1971 is antiquated and only contains three references specifically pertaining to reinforcing steel and two for

Most people don’t understand that when you get hurt at work, you not only have the potential for a workers’ compensation claim, but also a third party negligence claim. You might wonder, what exactly is the difference between the two?

A workers’ compensation claim is against your employer and is intended to recover partial wage benefits and payment of medical bills from your work related injury, if you are injured in the course and scope of your employment. A third party claim, on the other hand, is against someone other than your employer and is intended to recover pain and suffering, lost wages, future wages, and other damages. Because the law does not allow you to sue your employer for negligence, workers compensation is your only remedy against your employer. As a result, you must look to third party to recover your other losses.

For example, let’s assume you are working at a construction site and you fall through a hole in the floor. As a result of this fall, you are catastrophically injured. The hole was created by Company A, who did not secure, cover, or provide warning for the hole. You work for Company B. In this type of case, you would be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits from Company B and pursue a third party negligence case against Company A for failing to secure, cover, or provide warning for the hole.


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Employees who are injured in the course and scope of their employment are only entitled to weekly wage loss benefits and medical benefits. To determine the correct amount of weekly wage loss benefits payable to given individuals, their average weekly wage must be calculated. When an injured worker does not have a fixed income or

Many older patients, who are on Medicare or in a Medicare Advantage Plan, are shocked when they are hospitalized for less than 3 days only to find out that Medicare will not pay for nursing home coverage following this brief hospitalization.  These patients, who are technically admitted for “observation” for less than 3 full days,

On Saturday June 7, 2014 I spoke at a quarterly meeting of the Teamsters, Graphic Communications Unions in Philadelphia, PA. Members present were from DC-9/Graphics Communications Union 14-M President, Kurt Freeman and Graphics Communications Union 16-N, President, Joe Inemer. I spoke about difference between third party cases and Workers Compensation claims. I spent time educating the union leaders regarding how to protect their members when injured in a work related accident and the recoveries that could be obtained both under their workers’ compensation claim and the third party claims. It is important for unions to understand the difference between third party claims because each allows a worker to recover differently for their losses. Third party claims are when someone other than the employer causes your accident, even though the accident may occur at work. Workers’ compensation claims are when you are injured at work but the injury is not the fault of anyone else (third party). Joe Inemer commented, “Your presentation was very informative. When it concluded, we continued to discuss what a great presentation it was.”
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Employees who are injured in the course and scope of their employment are entitled to weekly wage loss benefits and medical benefits. To determine the correct amount of weekly wage loss benefits payable to given individuals, their average weekly wage must be calculated. When an injured worker does not have a fixed income or salary, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act focuses on the amount of time the employee actually worked for the employer immediately preceding the work incident and the amount of wages earned during that period of time. Under these circumstances, where varied wages are involved, the act has delineated three different methods for calculating an individual’s average weekly wage.
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The Compassionate Allowance program expedites disability decisions for persons with the most serious, and often fatal, conditions to ensure that these persons receive their disability decisions quickly, rather than the months or years it takes for most disability claims to be decided upon. The Compassionate Allowance program identifies claims where the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets Social Security’s standard for disability.
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