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1 killed in a fatal fall at North Carolina work site

  • 24
  • March
    2017

Construction accidents impact people on the job, at home and around the site. Whether a worker fell or was electrocuted, that individual has suffered an injury that was likely preventable. Employers have a responsibility to keep their employees safe. Failing to do so can lead to official investigations, fines and penalties. On top of that, the worker who was injured is entitled to workers' compensation, so he or she can focus on recovering while receiving medical and financial benefits.

In this case, a construction worker was killed in a fall in Asheboro, according to a report from March 23. The news states that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to investigate the incident.

Silicosis: The lung disease lurking at work

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  • March
    2017

One lung disease you may have been exposed to if you work with sand or quartz is known as silicosis. This disease affects workers who have been exposed to silica dust in the workplace. Usually, it's those who work in glass manufacturing, foundries or mining that have the highest rates of exposure to silica.

There are three kinds of silicosis you could be faced with. These include chronic, accelerated and acute. There is unfortunately no cure for this disease once it has developed, but there are preventative measures that can be taken to prevent workers from developing it in the first place.

What are workers' compensation benefits?

  • 08
  • March
    2017

You've been working for several years in the same position. You suddenly realize that your repetitive motions each day have begun to cause pain and strain on your back. Now, you need to see a doctor. Fortunately, you should be covered by workers' compensation.

What are workers' compensation benefits?

What hazards are teens exposed to at work?

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  • March
    2017

Teens want to get into the workforce for a number of reasons, and it's important that they begin to understand the value of hard work. It's also very important that parents and guardians discuss safety in the workplace with their teens, so they know what they should expect from their employers. Teens may be exposed to any number of hazards in the workplace, but an employer with safety set as a priority will not allow hazards to put others at risk. Proper training will be provided, and any unnecessary risks are eliminated as soon as possible.

Aren't younger workers at a higher risk of injury due to their inexperience?

These tips can help employers foster a mentally healthy workplace

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  • February
    2017

Mental health protections in the workplace help keep the environment positive for everyone. There are a few ways you can help keep moral up around the office or on the job. For example, using inclusive language is a good way to help people speak out about their concerns, worries, joys and other feelings. It's a good idea to foster an environment in which employees can talk about post-traumatic stress, work stress, anxiety and other issues.

A great workplace has plenty of time for a good work/life balance. That means that employees work a full-time shift that still gives them enough time to rest, recuperate and recover. Large workloads might help get the job done faster, but it's strenuous to have a single employee do all of that work. Workplaces that consider using more employees on the same task tend to reduce stress across the board.

What are some common reasons for workplace accidents?

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  • February
    2017

There are a number of reasons why people get hurt on the job. Sometimes, people take shortcuts and skip over safety protocols to get a job done. Taking shortcuts leads to accidents that could be life-threatening or deadly.

Other times, people don't keep up on cleanliness in the workplace. Items aren't put away correctly, safety equipment isn't available and the general maintenance of the building isn't maintained. Although it can be a hassle to follow all the steps for putting away machinery or cleaning up a facility, it's worth it to avoid the injuries not doing so could cause.

You should have the right to seek out workers' compensation

  • 07
  • February
    2017

Many people aren't sure if they're covered by workers' compensation, especially if they've never had to use it in the past. When you are an employee and get hurt at work, there should not be a question over whether your employer has to cover you with workers' compensation. However, one catch is that any injury you want to claim for has to occur while you're on the job.

The purpose of workers' compensation isn't just to support your financial needs when you go to a hospital or need medical treatments. Workers' compensation benefits also cover lost wages after a certain number of days have passed. This benefit system provides you with a portion of your missing income.

Firefighters face more dangers than just burns

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  • January
    2017

Firefighters have one of the most dangerous jobs in America. They work directly with hazards that they expect to see in the workplace every day. They aim to save lives and to reduce damage to structures; they perform tasks of all types, from home inspections for fire safety to rescuing families from burning homes.

A July 2013 release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that around 31 firefighters were killed each year between 2009 and 2013. Another 14,700 suffered from injuries and illnesses each year, all caused by their jobs.

Work-related stress: Get the workers' compensation you need

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  • January
    2017

Stress affects everyone from time to time, but when it becomes an everyday occurrence and affects your work, you may be entitled to workers' compensation. If the stress has resulted in permanent impairment, like post-traumatic stress disorder, then you may be able to seek out the compensation you need to support yourself.

You'll need to show that the stress you suffered from was primarily related to work. Most people face some stress in their lives. What you should be able to show is a single trauma or ongoing concern that has led to your injuries.

Mining deaths drop in the U.S. in 2016

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  • January
    2017

If you've ever worked in the mining industry, you know that it can be dangerous. Collapses, while uncommon, still cause serious injuries to those in mines, and they could even lose their lives if they can't get help.

Fortunately, some new data has been released in 2017. It reports that the number of U.S. mining deaths dropped in 2016, bringing it to an all-time low. Preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Labor's division of Mine Safety and Health Administration reports that 26 people were killed in work-related accidents in 2016, down from 29 in 2015.

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