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How Your Diet Impacts Your Risk of Workplace Injury

Posted by Nicole Gendics on May 27th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

Before you head to the employee lounge and open the refrigerator, stop. Research has shown that the way we eat can impact our chances of being injured at work. From mental clarity and stamina to obesity, what we put in our mouths and its result on our bodies has a very real effect on our productivity and potential for injury. Read on for more information about how your diet impacts your risk of workplace injury.

Hypoglycemia

Many people experience feelings of lightheadedness or lethargy when we go too long without a meal. This can be attributed to low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. When we are hypoglycemic,… Read More

Some States Say PTSD Should Be Covered by Workers’ Comp

Posted by Nicole Gendics on May 25th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

soldier in afghanistanWitnessing something stressful or traumatic at work can leave you with post-traumatic stress disorder. Some states are pulling together and saying that PTSD should be covered by workers’ compensation. While PTSD is covered in some states, it is not covered in all, and many want to see it be the national norm.

There are some occupations in which workers are particularly susceptible to dangerous or traumatic events. These include police, firefighters and emergency medical responders. While any person in a high-stress occupation can certainly witness the extreme, people in these occupations… Read More

Changes to Overtime on the Horizon

Posted by Nicole Gendics on May 23rd, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

working-at-desk-overtime-stressLater this year, millions of people who are paid a salary will become eligible for overtime pay. The White House has announced that anyone who makes less than $47,476 per year will qualify for overtime pay when they put in more than 40 hours a week on the job.

The current threshold is $23,660 per year.

Many employers say that the change is too drastic. Despite this pushback, the law will go into effect on December 1 of this year. It is expected that many people who have been forced to work long hours without compensation will finally be treated fairly. In many cases, this will include people who perform… Read More

What Are Brain-Centered Hazards

Posted by Nicole Gendics on May 20th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

When it comes to workplace hazard, you probably think of wet floors, large machinery and even powerful tools. If you are like many people, your own brain doesn’t even make the list of what could pose a risk to you on the job. According to report released earlier this month, your brain could be working against you while you are performing your job duties.

The report suggests that the way companies are organized does not always align with the way that the brains of their workers function. This is easier to understand when you consider the following example:

Your spouse asks you to do something … Read More

Turns Out, Teaching is a Dangerous Job

Posted by Nicole Gendics on May 18th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

Think of a dangerous job, and chances are you don’t think of teaching. The sad truth is that teaching can indeed be a dangerous profession, and many educators are leaving their jobs because of it. A newly released report written by the Bureau of Job Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics details the number of teachers who were injured on the job from 2011 through 2012.

Data was gathered from a variety of sources. They included the School Survey on Crime and Safety, the National Crime Victimization Survey, and the School and Staffing Survey. Approximately 51,100 public… Read More

The True Cost of Workers’ Compensation

Posted by Nicole Gendics on May 16th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

Have you ever wondered just how much workers’ compensation costs? If you have been injured at work, the thought may have crossed your mind, especially if you received compensation benefits. While paying benefits to one injured worker may be more than affordable for an employer or insurance company, paying hundreds of workers can quickly add up. This is often why companies have such stringent safety regulations in place.

The next time you roll your eyes and think that your supervisor is treating you like a child for insisting that you wear eye or any other type of protection while you do your… Read More

How Does Job Turnover Affect Workers’ Compensation Rates?

Posted by Nicole Gendics on May 13th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

In past generations, members of families worked at the same company or organization until they retired. Loyalty saw grandparents, parents and adult children working, if not together, then for the same employer.

Today, workers are more likely to have multiple jobs throughout their careers. There are exceptions, but changing jobs is commonplace. Sometimes workers choose to leave, and sometimes workers are let go.

Turnover has an effect among job safety professionals and employees alike.

Among 800 job safety professional surveyed, 44% said that they had changed jobs within the past five … Read More

The Difference Between Workers’ Comp and Disability Benefits

Posted by Nicole Gendics on May 11th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

You may understand that you are entitled to benefits if you are hurt at work, but do you know which ones? There are a few different types of benefits that covered injured workers: workers’ compensation, Social Security disability insurance (SSDI), and state disability benefits. Figuring out which benefits you are entitled to can be tricky. The devil is truly in the details when it comes to which benefits apply to your specific injury and situation. Here are the differences between workers’ compensation and other types of benefits.

1. Workers’ Comp vs. Disability

When you… Read More

Fighting the Good Fight for Workers Worldwide

Posted by Gary Christmas on May 9th, 2016 in In The News | No Comments

Construction_WorkersEvery year since 1970, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) has observed April 28 as Workers’ Memorial Day. On this day, businesses, unions and individuals around the world remember those who have been injured or killed due to workplace accidents. In 2014 alone, nearly 5,000 people lost their lives to hazardous working conditions. Millions of other workers were injured in some way or another.

This year, the AFL-CIO is pushing for reform in workplace conditions, including safer, healthier conditions and higher wages. Countries around theRead More

Understanding the Workers’ Compensation Process

Posted by Nicole Gendics on May 9th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

Pipe_installationNo one expects to go to work and be injured. When we get up in the morning, we hold a belief that our workday is going to pass by as uneventfully as the day before. Unfortunately for many, that isn’t the way things play out. Being injured at work is not only painful, but it is the start to a sometimes drawn-out process known as workers’ compensation. If you are injured at work, there are steps to take to be sure that you are compensated for your injuries.

Notify Your Supervisor

The first thing to do, if you do not require emergency medical attention, is to notify your supervisor of your accident.… Read More