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.
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 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.
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.
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.
They are devoted to helping those who suffer injuries or contract disease. So there is no small amount of irony in the fact that healthcare workers report one of the highest rates of workplace injuries in the private sector, according to a recent report.
We recently wrote a post about whether remote employees qualify for workers' compensation benefits, since they would most likely be injured in their own homes. Like many workers' compensation issues, the answer isn't always clear and is the subject of some debate.
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?
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.
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.”