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What can you do to stay safer at a construction site?

There are always a lot of safety hazards at a construction site. Some of them could be the risk of falls from scaffolding, the risk of getting hit by transportation vehicles or getting hit by objects flying from aside or above.

In construction zones, there are important steps to take to prevent yourself from falling victim to hazards. Everyone, including your teammates and employer, should follow these steps to make sure everyone stays safe while on the job.

What can you expect after you file a workers' compensation claim?

If you're hurt on the job, it's a good idea to get in touch with your workers' compensation attorney. While you can make a claim on your own, it's always a good idea to have someone on your side who knows the laws in your state and how to make sure your claim is handled properly.

When you're hurt, you have a right to seek out medical treatment right away. This treatment might make the difference between a long recovery time and one where you're ready to get back to work in a few days or weeks. Getting the right diagnosis and help from the start will help you know what you need to do to go back to work or if it's impossible to return to work in the same capacity as in the past.

Wait times are painful for those waiting for disability

There is no question that the Social Security Disability (SSD) program takes a long time. When you apply, you may have to wait several months or years for the initial decision. In most cases, people do not have their first application approved. As a result, you may have to wait years for approval during the appeals process.

A Dec. 27 report describes in detail how difficult it is for people who get caught up in this long-term waiting game. One woman, 60, has chronic pain. She has spinal stenosis, is diabetic, has depression, has high blood pressure and kidney disease. By all accounts, she is someone who should qualify for SSD. Perhaps not surprisingly, she has been denied twice.

These hazards make working in an office dangerous

Workers' compensation is an important protection for those who work in any field. Even office jobs can result in workplace injuries that impact your ability to earn wages and live a comfortable life.

It's important to know that office jobs have the potential to be hazardous, even if you think they're likely one of the least dangerous jobs out there. Typical office injuries can span from slip, trip or fall accidents to electrocution to repetitive strain injuries.

Headlight condition has big impacts on nighttime visibility

Many things can have impacts on how safe things are out on the roads at night. This includes the condition of the headlights of the vehicles people are driving. As recent AAA research underscores, old and clouded headlights can pose major problems when it comes to nighttime driving.

The research found that headlights that are yellowed, clouded or similarly deteriorated produce only about 22 percent of the light output that new headlights do when it comes to the low-beam setting.

Holiday workers deserve safe working conditions

Novice workers generally see a higher rate of workplace injuries. No time of year sees more novice workers than the holiday season, which means employers need to be careful about training and facility safety.

The driver of holiday employment is, of course, holiday retail sales. This means box stores and shipping facilities hire thousands of workers who likely are not used to the work. With this in mind, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offered several guidelines for employers who hire seasonal workers.

How to prevent the four most common construction site injuries

A construction site can be an incredibly dangerous place. Workers use heavy equipment, work with dangerous materials and often are working at an elevation. This increases the potential for injury.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in five fatal worker accidents occurred on a construction site. The four most common types of construction injuries are:

What workers can develop carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is caused by a compressed nerve in a narrow passageway on the palm side of the wrist - the carpal tunnel - and can cause numbness, tingling and other issues in the hand and arm, as well as discomfort in the wrist. It starts gradual but can persist until the pain makes it difficult to perform normal activities.

Most people associate CTS with office work and assume only people who work a desk job develop it. In reality, it can affect workers across many industries.

Recovering From A Machinery Accident At Work

Jobs that involve operating heavy machinery carry added risks for workers. Despite how much training you have or careful you are, accidents can happen. These accidents can result in devastating injuries: fractures, crush injuries and in some cases amputations.

In most situations, Georgia workers’ compensation is designed to pay medical and income benefits for work-related injuries, regardless of who was at fault. You may also be entitled to job retraining benefits and compensation for permanent impairment.  Follow this checklist to ensure you receive all of the benefits you deserve.

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