The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industries (DLI) recently hosted its 17th annual Workers’ Compensation Conference and Brad Smith, an associate attorney at our firm, spoke about “The Gig Economy – Workers’ Compensation and Liability Considerations”. As an advocate for injured individuals, Brad’s panel examined critical workplace safety and compliance issues.
Approximately 1,400 individuals attend the DLI’s conference, which focuses on a diverse and important selection of workers’ compensation issues. Some examples of these include:
Brad’s panel was on the gig economy, which is a term referring to short-term or independent contracting “gigs” as opposed to permanent job positions. Companies like Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, Handy, and Grubhub are part of the gig economy.
When it comes to general industry and construction jobs, data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) consistently document that short-term, temporary or contract employees are at an increased risk for preventable workplace injuries, illnesses and death. It is crucial that employers take the necessary precautions to protect “gig” workers (and all other employees), who all too often experience debilitating injuries that could have been avoided through compliant workplace safety practices. Brad’s panel addressed these risks and the legal challenges gig workers face when injured.
At Galfand Berger, Brad represents victims of negligence, which includes injured workers as well as consumers injured by dangerous and/or defective products. Various publications, like the Temple Law Review and the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Centennial: A Narrative and Pictorial Celebration have published Brad’s articles about the gig – or sharing – economy. If you would like to learn more about Brad, please visit: https://www.galfandberger.com/attorneys/bradley-smith/.
If you sustained injuries because of a defective or dangerous product, please contact Philadelphia products liability lawyer, Brad Smith . With offices located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Reading and Lancaster, Galfand Berger serves clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To schedule a consultation, call us at 800-222-8792 or complete our online contact form.