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WESTMORELAND COUNTY EMPLOYER VIOLATES WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION ACT

 WESTMORELAND COUNTY EMPLOYER VIOLATES WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION ACT
 HARRISBURG, Pa., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A Westmoreland County employer has pleaded guilty to one count of failure to insure employees against accidental job-related injury, illness or death.
 James Karasek, trading as James Karasek Masonry, One Circle Drive, West Newton, Pa., was fined $500 on June 8 by Latrobe District Justice Michael R. Mahady.
 Pennsylvania's Workmen's Compensation Act requires employers to insure their workers for work-related injuries. Each day the employer fails to provide the insurance constitutes a separate offense with maximum penalties up to $2,000 in fines and one year in prison.
 Karasek was charged with three infractions that occurred between April 16 and 18, 1990. During that time, the company had two employees.
 A routine investigation by the state Department of Labor and Industry revealed that James Karasek Masonry did not have the required coverage.
 Since April 1988, the Bureau of Workmen's Compensation has prosecuted 56 uninsured employers, resulting in fines of more than $600,000 and restitution of more than $430,000 to injured workers.
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 /CONTACT: James M. Hillegass of Commonwealth News Bureau, 717-787-7530/ CO: Department of Labor and Industry; Bureau of Workmen's
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