This special emphasis from OSHA helps to illustrate the fact that, for many employees, nursing homes can be surprisingly dangerous places to work.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 25, 2012
The Philadelphia workers' compensation lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., are dedicated to worker safety and helping workers who have been injured pursue the compensation they need for their injuries. As such, they are excited about a recent announcement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that they are launching an initiative aimed at reducing the problem of occupational illness and injury among nursing home employees (http://newyorkcity.injuryboard.com/workplace-injuries/osha-begins-national-emphasis-program-on-worker-safety-in-nursing-and-residential-care-facilities.aspx?googleid=299870). The program, which is planned to be implemented over a three-year period, is aimed at raising awareness of this issue and reducing the incidence of these problems by increasing inspections of facilities with abnormally high worker injury rates.
This special emphasis from OSHA helps to illustrate the fact that, for many employees, nursing homes can be surprisingly dangerous places to work. According to OSHA statistics, the injury rates for nursing home employees are exceeded only by industrial manufacturing plant workers. Nursing home workers face many different potential sources of injury or illness, including back injuries caused by the strain of frequently lifting elderly patients, the possibility of workplace violence, and exposure to many different forms of bacteria and disease.
Fortunately, nursing home employees who suffer a workplace injury or develop an illness because of their working conditions may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to help them deal with medical expenses and other costs. This is especially important in light of the considerable risks that nursing home workers place themselves in by choosing to devote their lives to the care of our nation’s elderly. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., are prepared to help nursing home workers pursue the workers’ compensation benefits to which they may be entitled following a workplace injury or illness.
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The Philadelphia workers’ compensation firm, Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., is based in Pennsylvania, with offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York. If you have been become ill or been injured in a workplace accident, our team of dedicated attorneys can help you fight for the financial assistance you need. Contact us today at 215-237-1130.