Although the rate of work-related illness and injury in the U.S. has dropped by more than half in the last two decades, thanks to improvements in safety standards and health regulations, American workers still suffer more than 3 million workplace injuries and illnesses each year, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data just released for 2013. About 4,400 of those events were fatal with 178 work-related deaths occurring in Pennsylvania.
Olympia Chimney Company, a Scranton-based company, has been hit with numerous OSHA violations for uncorrected safety hazards at their facility. According to sources, in the past two years, the company's workers have suffered more than 20 incidents involving single or multiple digit amputations and crushed fingers.
Workers' compensation claims can be complex. In fact, one such claim was brought to the attention of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The court, however, declined to hear the appeal.