Although many businesses have been affected by the Order of the Governor in response to the Covid-19 virus the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation system remains open and available to help those injured at work.

We also possess the technology to support remote work efforts and we want to reassure you that we remain fully operational and responsive to all of your legal needs.

In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic our firm has decided to WAIVE ALL WEEKLY ATTORNEY FEES for every new Workers’ Compensation client for the rest of 2020.  We want to do our part to give back to the community.  We will continue to reduce our fees on ALL lump sum settlement as well.

Stay healthy.  If you need answers or help, please call us, reach out to us though this web site or email us directly at: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist*
AS AUTHORIZED BY THE PA SUPREME COURT

Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist*
AS AUTHORIZED BY THE PA SUPREME COURT

Be sure that’s not an unsafe trench before going in

Statistics show that falls are the most common source of work-related injuries for construction workers. However, that still leaves a multitude of ways workers could suffer injuries on the job. For instance, an unsafe trench could collapse and result in serious injuries or death.

Before an employer lets anyone into a trench, it must first be prepared. There must be safe entry and exit points. All materials need to be no less than 2 feet from the edge of the trench. Protective systems also need to be put in place to keep workers safe while in the trench. An employer can put in a shoring trench wall with supports, a shielding trench wall with trench boxes, or bench or sloping trench walls. The point is to make sure it does not collapse or cave in while workers are in the trench.

Another employer responsibility is to continuously inspect the trench for the duration of the work to be done in it. Standing water and other environmental factors could jeopardize its stability and safety, which would make it too hazardous for workers to enter. In fact, no one should enter the trench unless and until the specified competent person inspects and approves it for use.

If an employer allows a worker to go into an unsafe trench, the risk of injuries increases exponentially. However, even when a trench is safe, injuries could occur. Regardless of the condition of the trench at the time, a Pennsylvania worker who suffers injuries while on the job may receive benefits through the workers’ compensation system to cover medical and medical-related expenses associated with the injuries and help with the loss of income. Other benefits may also be available depending on the circumstances.