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Two Pennsylvania employees injured after attack at workplace

At work, employers are responsible for the safety of their employees. Employment laws exist that establish safety rules and regulations for businesses, so that employees can be as safe as possible. However, there are times when even these safety precautions cannot keep employees safe. In these situations, workers can be injured on the job. Workers' compensation is available for these employees to help cover any medical expenses and lost wages that may result from the accident.

Two York, Pennsylvania employees may now be eligible for workers' compensation after a recent incident at their workplace. In this case, the two employees were arriving to their workplace when they were attacked by three men wearing dark clothing and masks. One 50-year-old employee claims that he was forced to the ground and beaten with a pipe across the shoulders. The other employee, a 45-year-old man, was beaten in the head with a pipe. One of the attackers also brandished a gun.

According to police, the attackers robbed the men before fleeing the scene in a 2005 gold Pontiac Grand Prix. The two employees were taken to a local hospital. They were treated and then released.

Unlike a traditional workplace accident, this accident may not have been caused by something the employer did or did not do. Whether these employees are covered by workers' compensation, in this case, may depend on whether the accident arose from their employment or not. Only accidents that happen in the course of a worker's employment will generally qualify for workers' compensation. Here, the employees were only just arriving for work, and may not have actually been on-the-clock.

If these employees do not qualify for workers' compensation, they may still qualify for some compensation from the attackers, or from the property owner, under different personal injury laws.

Source: WHTM, "2 workers beaten, robbed at York area business," Myles Snyder, Nov. 9, 2012

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