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March 2013 Archives

Nap time becoming standard in workplaces

Twenty employees of an East Coast firm can sign up for nap time twice a week and enjoy rejuvenation in the company's "nap room." The idea came about because of studies that fatigue can lead to workplace injury. Furthermore, lack of rest can reduce workplace productivity and quality, leading to higher overall costs for employers.Contemporary workers feel pressure to work more hours and to work harder despite recent cutbacks of employee numbers in many industries. With the pressures of home, children and other personal factors, 43 percent of Americans now say they never get a good night's sleep. Experts note that fatigued workers are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases and have trouble concentrating than workers who are well-rested.

Seeking better prevention of forklift accidents

Forklifts are very useful machines in warehouses and other storage spaces. But driving them is dangerous. In Pennsylvania and across the county, forklift operators are no strangers to the need for workers' compensation after forklift accidents.

Nationally and in PA, workplace fatalities take terrible toll

In round numbers, fatal workplace accidents take the lives of about 4,000 Americans every year. That's 1,000 more people than died in the terrorist attacks on September, 2001. It's a lot of people's lives cut short - and a lot of families devastated.

Protecting workers from retaliation after reporting injuries: a PA case

Employers are not supposed to retaliate against employees for filing workers' compensation claims or reporting workplace injuries. In Pennsylvania and across the country, however, workers naturally worry that employers will hold it against them for bringing a work comp claim after suffering an injury or reporting safety violations.