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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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