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Survey: Georgia ranks 27th in workplace safety

Depending upon the data that you use and the perspective that you bring to the discussion, it could be argued that we are safer today than we have ever been. Dive into the statistics on crime, motor vehicle crashes, home safety and workplace injuries and you might well come to the conclusion that these are the good old days – at least as far as danger to life and limbs is concerned.

A recent study looked at the relative safety in all 50 states and found that Georgia ranks in the bottom the bottom third overall, though we do fare better in workplace safety, landing firmly in the middle of the pack.

By the numbers: Workplace injuries

It is not something people typically think about on their way to their Jonesboro job in the morning or as they drive home in the evening. Statistics about workplace injuries are often more interesting after a person has sustained an injury while on the job or has been denied Georgia workers’ compensation benefits.

That is when the statistics might make it clear just how common workplace injuries are and how important it is for all of us to be safe when we are doing our jobs, whether it is in construction, an office, factory, store or other type of business.

Inside a study on impact of employer-sponsored health insurance

A recently released study looked at how quickly people see a doctor and return to work in a couple of different situations: those who have health insurance for non-work-related injuries or illness compared and contrasted with employees who suffer a work-related injury.

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released the new study titled “Health Insurance and Outcomes of Injured Workers.”

Insurer ordered to cover cost of Georgia employee’s injuries

A Georgia construction company that does greenhouse repair and maintenance apparently inaccurately filled out an application for a workers’ compensation insurance policy. The insurance agent indicated on the new policy that the company only did work here in Georgia, but the reality was that it did much of its business outside of the state.

So when one of its worker was injured on a job outside of the state, the insurer balked at covering the costs of Georgia workers’ compensation benefits. However, the three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals of Georgia, 4th Division, has ruled that the insurer failed to show that its policy was void and must therefore cover the workers’ comp costs.

Can I be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim?

When someone sustains an injury at work, it is common for them to worry about how their employer will react to them filing a workers’ compensation claim. They might fear getting fired, having their hours cut, or losing their employer’s respect. Add this anxiety to medical bills already adding up and time missed from work, and it is easy to become overwhelmed.

The workers’ compensation laws of some states provide explicit protection from retaliation by employers. In Georgia, however, things are a little more complicated.

Preventing fatal roadway departure accidents

When you’re behind the wheel of your vehicle, do you watch for other drivers’ dangerous behaviors? You probably do if you’re like most people. What you may not think of as often is the threat of single-vehicle accidents such as driving off the roadway.

The commonality of these accidents may surprise you. Fatal roadway departure accidents increased from 761 such accidents in 2015 to 849 in 2016. Driving off the roadway is dangerous because barriers and medians are in place to protect you from natural hazards like water or rocks, as well as other things like oncoming traffic.

Is the front or back seat safest in a car crash?

It was once the standard answer to the question of which seat is safest to be in when a car crash takes place. That standard answer: the back seat. But what was true for decades has shifted in recent years, according to researchers.

Because of the advances in seatbelt technology, and because those advances are more often relegated to the belts in the fronts of vehicles, the back seat is not always the safest place to be in a motor vehicle crash in 2019.

The significant safety risks to Georgia's public workers

At the end of last month, Georgia media outlets delivered the shocking and tragic news that a Virginia Beach city worker quit his job and then a few hours later opened fire on coworkers. He killed 11 city employees and wounded four others, as well as a police officer, in one of the deadliest cases of workplace violence in recent history.

While workplace shootings are rare, they can leave public employees worried about on-the-job safety. Public sector employees are right to be concerned about violence in often understaffed facilities. Of course, it’s not only workplace violence that puts them at risk, but also exposure to inherently dangerous situations for some public employees. Think of the risk of injuries to workers such as firefighters, police officers, EMTs and others who routinely enter situations most people are eager to avoid.

A brave, new Georgia warehousing world?

In an ideal warehousing and distribution world, there would be no Georgia workers. And that would mean that there would be no workplace injuries and no need for employers to pay Georgia workers’ compensation benefits.

That ideal warehousing and distribution world is in the development stage, according to a recent article about the industry in our state. Robots are doing much of the work that used to be done by humans in a new warehouse just 16 miles southeast of Jonesboro.

Study: inexperienced construction workers at high risk of injuries

As regular readers of our Jonesboro Workers' Compensation Law Blog know, construction is one of the most dangerous lines of work in the nation. Construction worker injuries can be caused by falls from heights, collapsed scaffolding, electrical shocks, trench collapses, repetitive motions and much more.

We recently read of a study that found that nearly half of the construction workers injured in a two-year period had been on the job less than 12 months.

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