All Posts in Category: Workplace accidents
2016’s Top Cited OSHA Violations
When it comes to OSHA and its violations, not much changes statistically from year to year. Although the agency provides a variety of statistics in its annual report, the numbers are generally the same annually. Directors within the agency suggest that the best way for an employee or employer to look at the report is not to read it word for word, but to take it and apply it to their own workplace.
For example, one of the top cited infractions is Fall Protection. Could your workplace be cited for the same? Using the information that OSHA provides not only helps employers make the best safety decisions… Read More
Daylight Savings Time and Workplace Injury
Fall back, spring ahead. Many people repeat this phrase in their heads twice a year to remember which way to set their clocks. “Fall back” will soon be upon us, and many people are dreading it. Even though we get an extra hour of sleep, many find it hard to go to bed on time and actually lose sleep.
A mild inconvenience for some and a major annoyance for many, daylight saving time has effects that most don’t consider. As we approach the time of the year when we set our clocks back, it’s important to know how your body, and your life, may be affected.
1. Workplace Injuries
A 2009 study… Read More
2016 Workers’ Compensation Rates for South Carolina Published
The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce recently released the 2016 workers’ compensation rates. According to Title 42 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, 1976, the maximum compensation rate per week is equal to 66.6% of an earner’s average weekly wage. Compensation is not to exceed the prior year’s average weekly wage.
The average weekly compensation rate for 2016 is $784.03. The average weekly wage in 1978 was $185.00. Compensation for mileage to and from doctor’s appointments has also gone up over the years. For 2016, reimbursement is 54 cents… Read More
Nurses Are Often Hurt on the Job
When people think of the workers who are most likely to be injured on the job, they rarely think of nurses. The fact is, nurses frequently get hurt on the job. There are more than 35,000 complaints of injuries reported by nurses every year. Some of these injuries are severe enough to have a nurse staying home for a day or even longer.
According to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nursing assistants incur more on-the-job injuries than professionals in any other occupation. Nursing assistants are followed by warehouse workers, over-the-road truckers, stockers and … Read More
What to Do If You Are Injured on the Job
Every state in the nation requires that companies carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ comp covers employees who experience an accident at work and are injured as a result of that accident. It also covers injuries that are incurred due to violence or, sometimes, car accidents. Knowing what to do if you are injured at work can mean the difference between being compensated for your injuries and paying out of your own pocket. Here is what to do if you are injured at work.
1. Report the Injury
What is South Carolina’s Defense Base Act?
In the United States, workers who are injured on the job have a right to compensation for their injuries under workers’ compensation laws. Seamen who are injured on the job are protected under The Jones Act. Even maritime workers who are not seamen are protected under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. But what about workers who perform their duties off of American soil?
The Defense Base Act protects the rights of injured civilian workers on military bases. The act protects those working on bases in America, Iraq, Kuwait, Dubai, Afghanistan and anywhere there … Read More
What to Do After an Industrial Accident
Very few people wake up for work in the morning expecting to be involved in an accident on the job. Unfortunately, people are involved in industrial accidents every day. If you are involved in such an accident, there are steps you can take to be sure you are legally protected.
1. Report the Accident
As soon as possible following the accident, report it to your immediate supervisor. Request that your supervisor files an incident report. That report must detail the nature of the incident, the type of injuries you incur, and the actions or steps that were taken immediately following the accident.
You… Read More
Understanding the Jones Act
When most workers are hurt on the job, they are able to fill out a workers’ compensation claim and call it a day. Not so for those in the maritime industry. There are federal laws for those injured on the job while out at sea, including deckhands, crew members, stevedores, longshoremen and others who are performing their job duties on navigable waters. The Jones Act protects these workers. Here’s what you need to know.
The Jones Act gives seamen who are injured on the job the right to sue their employer. Because seamen are not able to file workers’ compensation claims, this is one… Read More
Common Symptoms of Concussions
One of the most dangerous things about concussions is that many people do not know they are suffering with one. The symptoms of a concussion can be so subtle that they are missed, even by medical professionals. Knowing the symptoms can help save your life after you have received a head injury on the jobsite.
Some of the most common symptoms of a concussion are headache, confusion and loss of memory. In the case of a concussion, the loss of memory is typically regarding the event that immediately led to the head injury.
Other signs and symptoms include dizziness, vomiting, nausea, … Read More
Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S.
There are thousands of people who don’t like their jobs. They wake up every morning dreading to go to work only to punch in and count the hours until it is time to punch out. Luckily, these people will punch out without having incurred an injury during their shift. For others, their job quite simply means danger.
From crushed limbs to fatalities, there are jobs in the United States that brave men and women take on every day. There are more than 4,500 deaths in the workplace every year, and the majority of those deaths occur in one of these 10 dangerous occupations.
There are 109.5 deaths… Read More