What's the most dangerous industry for American workers? Is it construction? Manufacturing? Commercial fishing a la The Deadliest Catch? While these occupations all come with a multitude of risks, none of them top the list of dangerous jobs in the United States
Each year workers fall victim to serious but preventable injuries while on the job. While human error leads to some accidents, sometimes the employer hasn't done its due diligence in implementing and enforcing safety procedures and equipment. One recent example of this is at the Chicago location of B-Way Corp., a metal and plastic container manufacturer based in Atlanta.
As an in-home nurse or nursing assistant, you do a lot of driving to patient's houses for home visits. As you drive, you are likely thinking about your next case, how your patient is doing and how you can help them at the visit. But one day, while you're thinking about your work for the day, you get into a car accident. Someone hits your car on the way to your next patient, leaving you severely injured. One minute your day revolved around your patient's medical needs - and the next, you're worrying about your own health.
Workers' compensation is a system of laws that provide employees with insurance and payment of lost wages should they be injured on the job. These claims can often be difficult to fight, even if it seems obvious that your injury happened at work and should be covered. The following tips will help you avoid some of the common reasons why workers' comp claims are often denied.
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Worker's compensation is the general term for the reimbursement of benefits and lost wages that covers many potential risks in the workplace, but is especially necessary in a warehouse environment. While there are many rules and regulations in place to ensure the safest work environments possible, accidents can and do occur often. Sometimes the fault is clearly that of the employer; other times, it is not so easily determined and may include many potential variables to consider.
Every year, workers are injured or killed in on-the-job falls, and prevention is key to protecting yourself. Here are some common questions and answers about preventing workplace falls.
According to the National Safety Council, in 2012 alone, more than 20,000 eye injuries nationwide occurring while on the job caused workers to miss at least one day of work. Unfortunately, workers in Pennsylvania are not immune from this type of workplace injury. To protect against eye injuries, you should wear eye protection whenever possible. However, if your eye is injured at work, the American Academy of Ophthalmology offers some suggestions on what to do next.
Many employees in Pennsylvania enjoy an amicable relationship with their employers, and this generally continues even after an employee is injured in a workplace accident. Many employers will work together with their employees in the event that the worker suffers an on-the-job injury, mostly because the employer values the worker's contributions and wants the worker to return to the job as soon as possible after recovery.
Thousands of employees in Pennsylvania apply for workers' compensation benefits every year. But, do all of those applications for benefits get approved? No, they do not. Why would an application for workers' compensation be denied? Well, the most common reason is that the injury or illness that the workers are listing on their applications did not occur in relation to their workplace responsibilities.