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.
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.
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.
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 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.