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Blue-collar workers shouldn't ignore pain while they're at work

Manual labor is honorable, decent work. Whether you work on a construction site welding or on a production line making vehicle components, the work that you do helps create valuable goods or materials. Unfortunately, the physical nature of your job could also put you at risk for injuries.

Traumatic injuries that result from an accident in the workplace are a risk anywhere, but they are not the only potential way for blue-collar workers to get hurt on the job. Instead, it is possible for workers to wind up with life-altering and career-ending injuries without ever experiencing a catastrophic accident.

What to do after an accident in a company car

There are many benefits of driving a company car. You don't have to pay for maintenance out of your own pocket. You're not on the hook for filling up. And you don't have any concerns about wear and tear.

However, if you're injured in an accident in a company car, it can result in a variety of challenges.

When your implant is recalled

Implants become part of you. Virtually everyone expects a hip replacement, for example, to last decades longer than they last themselves. So, when a recall is issued, how do you return it to the manufacturer? Who would pay for the surgery? How could you trust the new product put in its place?

And you surely have additional questions if you are, or know, one of the many patients whose medical procedures, pain, suffering or, in some cases, deaths trigger the recall.

Were you fired after a workers' compensation claim?

A workplace injury has the potential to alter your life in many ways. From your health to your finances to your career goals, you never know what the future will bring. Fortunately, with the help of workers' compensation benefits in Pennsylvania, you may be able to stabilize your finances during this difficult time.

Many people shy away from making a workers' compensation claim because of concerns of retaliation by their employer. More specifically, they're worried that their employer will terminate their employment.

How to prevent hypothermia when working outdoors

There are no two ways about it. Hypothermia is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. Without this, severe bodily harm or even death is possible.

When working outdoors during the winter months, it's your responsibility to take steps to protect against hypothermia. Here are some of the things you can do to help your cause:

  • Wear warm clothing: It all starts with the clothes you wear. While it's important to protect every inch of your body, pay close attention to the areas where heat is most likely to escape, including your head, neck and face.
  • Don't push yourself too hard: Activities that result in sweating can cause you to quickly lose body heat, as wet clothing and cold air don't mix well.
  • Stay dry: Even if you're working in wet conditions, take steps to remain dry. For example, wear a protective outer layer that is waterproof.
  • Take breaks: In extremely cold temperatures, regular breaks are a must. When possible, move to a warm area, such as a vehicle or building, as this provides the opportunity to increase your core temperature.

Can you get workers' comp for a holiday party injury?

You were at your company's holiday party. The star on the top of the Christmas tree fell off, so, in the Christmas spirit, you got up on a chair to put it back on. You slipped and fell off the chair at an awkward ankle, breaking your leg. Can you get workers' compensation for that injury?

It depends on a number of factors. The injury may be considered work-related and eligible for workers' compensation if one or more of the following was true for the event:

  • Employees were expected or required to attend.
  • The event was during work hours or employees were paid for the time they were there.
  • Awards (like "Employee of the Year") or bonuses were announced or given out.
  • The event was held on the business's premises, and the accident resulted from an unsafe condition that the employer should have fixed.

A flight attendant's shuttle bus injuries are ruled as job-relate

Last week, a Philadelphia judge ruled that a U.S. Airways flight attendant is entitled to workers' compensation coverage for her injury on an airport shuttle bus. This latest court ruling caused many employment analysts to call into question when the workday starts and ends, especially since the flight attendant's injury occurred after she'd ended her shift for the day and was en route back to her car.

The flight attendant had reportedly just completed a round-trip flight between Philadelphia and Miami in the hours before her injuring incident occurred. Her car was parked in an airport employee parking lot. She'd boarded a shuttle in hopes of being transported there.

Tendon repair surgery can sideline you for many months

Tendon repair surgery is often required in the event of a severed or damaged tendon. While it's not the only treatment option, your medical team may suggest that it's the best way to make a full recovery.

While tendon repair surgery can typically be completed on an outpatient basis, that doesn't mean it's a minor procedure. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • It can take up to three months to heal: Your surgeon may suggest that you don't use the repaired tendon for up to 12 weeks, as you must give it time to make a full recovery. Pushing yourself too hard too soon can result in additional damage.
  • A cast or splint may be necessary: Immobilizing the tendon takes tension off the repaired area, giving it time to heal.
  • Physical therapy may be suggested: This is often the best way to improve the likelihood of regaining a full range of motion. It can also help strengthen your tendon post-surgery.

How to avoid frostbite when working outdoors in Pennsylvania

Even though the temperatures have dropped significantly in Pennsylvania, it doesn't mean that all outdoor projects will be put on hold. Construction crews will still operate, postal carriers will still deliver mail and emergency services personnel will still respond to incidents. All of these professions and more will still have to endure the elements during the winter months in Pennsylvania, so here are some tips for avoiding frostbite if you have to work outdoors.

Dress in layers that are loose. You want to have a layer of clothing closest to your body that pulls moisture away from your body. Cover that layer with a layer of wool to help keep the body heat close to your body.

What are causes and symptoms of repetitive strain injuries?

When many people hear about someone developing a repetitive strain injury (RSI) on the job, they assume that the individual works in a secretarial field where they do a lot of typing. This isn't the only type of profession where workers develop this type of injury though. Professional athletes, assembly line, construction, grocery store, delivery and trades workers and baristas all develop these injuries too.

Some of the more common diagnoses including tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tendonitis and bursitis are all types of RSIs. These types of disabling chronic injuries are caused by workers training for sports, typing, reaching for tools, scanning items at a cash register or by them using a computer mouse.

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