Sunday, September 27, 2009

Workers Comp: 2 employees flashed by electrical arc

Two electric & power employees suffered electric burns to their faces and necks when electrical equipment where they were working -- arced.

The two men were working in a bucket truck along a highway when they were flashed by an electrical arc. Both suffered burns and were flown in medical helicopters to care.

The power worker with the first and second degree burns was air lifted overnight to a university hospital specializing in burn units; he is listed in critical but stable condition.

The other utility worker suffered second-and-third degree burns; he is listed in fair condition.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Cancer and Fire Fighters

30 states already have a law that covers workers' compensation for firefighters with cancer. Pennsylvania firefighters are hoping that the state will follow suit.

Under the proposed legislation, the Cancer Presumption Bill, burden would be placed on the employer or municipality to prove that job hazards were not a major contributor to cancer for a firefighter who has served four or more years. Benefits would be disbursed either by the municipality's insurance company or workers' compensation carrier.

Studies have shown that cancers, including those that attack the brain, liver, colon, and prostate, are more prevalent in firefighters than in the general population. Pennsylvania receives fewer than 10 claims a year from firefighters for workers' compensation for cancer.