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The holidays create incentive for worker safety measures

Pennsylvania employers and others throughout the country must protect workers regardless of the tasks that they perform. This is according to a statement released from OSHA. It is timed to coincide with the holiday season, which is among the busiest shopping times of the year. Employees have the right to a safe workplace whether they are employed by the company throughout the year or are just hired for the holidays.

Employers that don't typically hire part-time or seasonal help can find guidance from the Department of Labor as to how workers should be paid. OSHA has tools that can help companies keep their workers safe at all times. Among the recommendations are to hire extra security and install ropes to manage the number of people inside a store at any given time. Businesses have an obligation to keep all of their people protected whether they work in a store, in a warehouse or in transportation as a driver.

If an individual is hurt while at work, he or she may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits might make it easier to pay medical bills and other expenses that an injured person incurs. As a general rule, it doesn't matter who was responsible for the accident occurring as it relates to eligibility for benefits.

An attorney may be helpful for those who need assistance with their cases. He or she may be able to go over the workers' compensation rules in the state as well as review the facts of a particular case. If a claim is denied, legal counsel might help with the process of appealing it. Depending on the severity of a person's injury, benefits may be offered permanently, but an individual may also return to work when healthy.

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