August 2017 Archives

The type of worker that is most apt to be struck on the job

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) released a new study on Aug. 2 in which they note that the injury rate in the construction sector is higher than that of any other major industry. As a result, they suggest measures that employers in this industry must take to reduce the struck-by incidence rate in this sector.

How employers contribute to their workers' poor mental health

While many employers offer their workers sick days, many of them require their workers to produce doctor's notes to excuse the absence. Despite the fact that the employee taking a mental health day to decompress would be best for both the employee's overall well being and improve their productivity in the workplace, many resist taking one.

Risk factors for mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer

Mesothelioma is a sleeping giant. This is particularly the case for those 11 million individuals who were exposed to asbestos fibers in between the years of 1940 and 1978. That's because this cancer can take a patient 20 to 50 years to began showing signs of illness. Many of those exposed so long ago are only starting to see this illness rear its ugly head.

New form 300A rule from still being reviewed

A new filing rule surrounding From 300A from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still being reviewed. It went into effect on Jan. 1, 2017 and employers now have until Dec. 1, 2017 to comply with the rule. The rule originally made some employers file their 2016 Form 300A by July 1.

Can I sue my employer after a work-related injury?

Many employees have an incomplete understanding of workers' compensation claims and what they protect. Of course, workers' compensation insurance does protect employees by ensuring that they receive proper medical care in the event of an on-the-job injury. However, many experts believe that workers' compensation insurance exists primarily to protect an employer against lawsuits from employees.

Can I get fired if I report my workplace injury?

Many workers, especially those who work in physically demanding jobs, may not know exactly how to move forward after a workplace injury. Many employers look for any reason they can to fire an injured employee rather than deal with the injury, especially when going through proper channels with reporting and resolving the injury may hurt the business.

Ergonomic hazards in the workplace

As a worker, regardless of your industry, you never want to suffer an injury. While you do your best to avoid trouble, you know that something bad could happen at any point.

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court rules impairment ratings are invalid

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on June 20, 2017, decided to modify a longstanding law that has governed how workers' compensations benefits have been awarded over the past 20 years. Based on the high court's ruling, workers who are severely injured on the job will now be able to qualify to receive benefits more closely aligned with the injuries they suffered.

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