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Massive Clayton County pile-up leaves 11 hospitalized

Most of our regular Jonesboro legal blog readers have heard about the massive pile-up on Interstate 75 a few days ago. According to Clayton County Police, nearly a dozen people had to be hospitalized for treatment for injuries after the crashes in the northbound lanes of I-75 between the Highway 54 and Old Dixie Road exits.

Officials initially said 30 cars were involved in the crashes, but law enforcement spokespersons later updated the total and said the pile-up involved 50 vehicles.

Does workers’ compensation apply to remote employees?

A 2018 study found that 70% of workers worldwide work remotely at least one day a week – and 53% work from home at least half the work week. With so many employees working outside the traditional office space, where does workers’ compensation coverage begin and end?

A recent case in Florida provides a good illustration of this concept. Tammitha Valcourt-Williams, whose employer allowed her to work from home, injured her knee, hip, and shoulder during work hours when she tripped over her dog. Ironically, Valcourt-Williams worked as a workers’ compensation claims adjuster.

Silent, still equipment saves road construction workers’ lives

It is the time of year when you are most likely to see road crews working to repair Jonesboro streets and the highways and interstates in our area. There are a number of safety concerns for those road construction workers, including the risks of being injured by the machinery they use on a daily basis.

The greatest danger to those workers is posed by passing motorists, however. Far too often, drivers are distracted or driving at excessive speeds through work zones, raising the risks of collisions, injuries and fatalities.

Safety tips for driving in construction work zones

As we head into summer, many construction projects are kicking off around the state, as well as around the country. Construction workers and motorists alike face numerous hazards in work zones, where accidents are often severe.

The Federal Highway Administration found that between 1982 and 2014, 750 people died each year in work zone crashes. As part of its Work Zone Safety Awareness Week in April, the Georgia Department of Transportation released a set of tips for staying safe when there's construction on the road:

Part II: “Dirty Dozen” employers ignore worker safety

Regular readers of our Jonesboro workers’ compensation law blog know that we recently wrote about the Dirty Dozen. No, we weren’t waxing eloquent about the 1960s action movie. We were referring instead to the new Dirty Dozen: a list compiled by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) of 12 employers across the nation who are putting their employees at risk of workplace injuries and illnesses.

National COSH included a Georgia company among their Dirty Dozen, citing a firm about three hours south of Jonesboro in Moultrie. A worker died on a farm from overexposure to direct sunlight and heat, the worker advocacy organization said.

Part I: “Dirty Dozen” employers ignore worker safety

There’s no Lee Marvin or Charles Bronson. And there’s no Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland or Trini Lopez either. No, the new Dirty Dozen from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) is nothing like the classic 1967 action movie “The Dirty Dozen.”

The new Dirty Dozen is a list of employers that put workers at risk of workplace injuries with unsafe practices. The list was released as part of the observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, which remembers employees who lost their lives on the job, as well as employees who sustained workplace injuries and illnesses.

Part II: Causes of serious workplace injuries in leading industries

Regular readers of our Jonesboro workers’ compensation law blog will undoubtedly recall our recent post detailing the leading causes of serious workplace injuries in eight industries. The data about the serious injuries (those requiring employees to miss at least five days of work) is from the recent release of Liberty Mutual’s annual Workplace Safety Index.

We went over the leading causes of serious workplace injuries in three industries in our previous post: manufacturing, healthcare and construction. This time we’re going to look at professional services, retail, wholesale and more.

Part I: Causes of serious workplace injuries in leading industries

The release of the annual Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index always makes clear the causes of the most serious on-the-job injuries, as well as their financial costs to employers. Serious workplace injuries are defined as those that cause employees to miss five or more days from their jobs.

This year’s edition of the Index also includes detailed reports on the causes and costs of the serious workplace injuries in specific industries, many of which have significant presences here in Jonesboro: manufacturing, healthcare, construction, professional services, retail, wholesale, transportation/warehousing and leisure/hospitality.

Twenty-five years of workplace injury data

According to tradition, gifts for couples that are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary are to be of silver. Though no one is likely to buy the Bureau of Labor Statistics a gift, the federal government’s agency recently released an analysis of the labor data about on-the-job injuries and more that it has been collecting for a quarter of a century.

“25 Years of Worker Injury, Illness, and Fatality Case Data” is teeming with facts, graphs and numbers collected since 1992 by the Department of Labor.

The most common types of workplace injuries

No one goes to their Jonesboro workplace expecting to get hurt. Unfortunately, people do get hurt on the job, often requiring them to take time off to recuperate from their injuries and to receive Georgia workers’ compensation until they can go back to work.

Although workplace injuries come in all degrees of severity and occur in an infinitely wide variety of circumstances, there are a handful of common types of injuries in which most, but not all, on-the-job injuries fall.

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