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New study released on construction worker heat-related deaths

As we write this, temperatures in Jonesboro are predicted to reach the upper 90s over the next week or so. The heat serves as a reminder of recent findings by the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). The organization’s research shows that construction workers comprised 36 percent of all heat-related worker deaths over the 25-year period ending in 2016.

The organization says its mission is to “advance the construction industry” with safety-related research that will help reduce the number of construction accidents and on-the-job injuries.

Workers stricken by serious illnesses after cleaning coal ash

Atlanta’s WSB-TV reports that more than 200 workers who helped clean up a massive coal ash spill a decade ago say they have suffered devastating health issues as a result. Workers exposed to the ash claim they have been stricken by illnesses – some of which are fatal – that include cancer of the brain, blood, lungs and skin.

Unfortunately, the workers have been forced to file lawsuits to try to obtain the medical care they so urgently need for these occupational illnesses.

Don't make these mistakes after suffering a work injury

Workers’ compensation is a safety net. If you become injured while doing your job, workers’ comp can provide supplemental income to help you through the tough times.

The rules do not always make it easy to get these benefits, however. One misstep can have serious consequences. With that in mind, here are four mistakes you should make sure to avoid after being injured on the job.

Auto accidents: Do you know what to do if you're hit?

Crashes happen in the United States every day. There is a chance that you could be involved in one and face the pain and frustration that comes with it.

Since it's possible for anyone to get into a crash, it's a good idea to know what to do if you are involved in one. Here is some information about what you should do if you're part of a collision.

Will robots cut down on Georgia warehouse worker injuries?

In a perfect warehouse world, there would be no workplace accidents and injuries. There would be no need for Georgia workers’ compensation benefits either. That’s because in a perfect warehouse world, there would be no workers. Instead, the moving, lifting, packing, shipping and transportation would all be handled by robots.

Our state has about 800 million square feet of warehouse space, with nearly 700 million square feet of that in the Atlanta metro area. Those jaw-dropping numbers make clear the motivation of warehouses and distribution centers to invest heavily in automation and robotics that can keep production high while cutting down on the numbers of worker injuries and Georgia workers’ comp claims.

Georgia-Pacific continues to struggle with workplace injuries

From its headquarters in Atlanta, paper products giant Georgia-Pacific makes and markets brands known not only to consumers (Brawny paper towels, Quilted Northern toilet paper and others) but also brands familiar to office suppliers and home builders.

While Georgia-Pacific is an unqualified economic success, the Koch Industries property is far less successful when it comes to ensuring the safety of its more than 40,000 workers, according to a recent report. Despite investing billions in modernizing equipment, the company continues to see steadily increasing numbers of workplace accidents and worker injuries at its facilities.

Study: Opioid prescriptions down in Georgia workers’ comp claims

A new study shows that fewer Georgia injured workers are being prescribed opioids for pain relief than in previous years. The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that medical providers are instead more often prescribing non-opioid medications and physical rehabilitation for workers injured on the job.

The study of workers’ compensation claims states that while non-opioid pain medications such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are increasingly prescribed, non-pharmacological remedies such as physical therapies are gaining even faster.

Which is more dangerous: Battlefields or U.S. roads?

Georgia’s deep and proud military tradition takes a back seat to no one, so we know that many of our Jonesboro readers are well-versed in both military and U.S. history. However, it is likely that some will be surprised to learn that more people have died in motor vehicle crashes on U.S. roadways since January of 2000 than U.S. service members were killed in World War I and World War II combined.

While that statistic might surprise, it comes as no surprise that most of those deadly wrecks were caused by three main types of drivers: distracted, drunk or speeding.

Natural disasters harm the workers tasked with clean-up

The history of disasters in Georgia is long and filled with pain for many people. Some of our Jonesboro readers will undoubtedly recall the floods a decade ago in the northern part of the state. At least 10 people died in September of 2009 and more than 20,000 homes were damaged. In 2007, nearly two dozen tornadoes touched down across the state, leaving nine dead and nearly 100 injured.

As we all know, there is no way to prevent these types of natural events. What is less well-known is that natural disasters such as flooding and wildfires – and human-made disasters such as terrorism – can cause increased sharply rates of health problems for workers and residents exposed to chemical leaks, contaminated air and water, toxic smoke and more.

Safety tips for pedestrians and drivers

Whether you’re driving, walking or running, it’s important to stay safe. As a pedestrian, you must be on the lookout for reckless and impatient drivers. As a driver, you must be on the lookout for unfocused and distracted pedestrians.

You never know who’s not going to be paying attention, so walk and drive like nobody is. The following tips will help you stay safe on the sidewalks, crosswalks and roadways.

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