Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Farming and Workers Compensation

Farming employes a number of factors such as machinery, an assortment of trained and unskilled labor, usually livestock, and numerous other tasks...with wide open opportunities for worker injury.

The leading cause of death on the job for farm workers is machinery – specifically, motorized vehicles. This is followed by falls, as farms typically employ large structures that must be loaded and unloaded. Animals also pose a risk to those handling livestock.

States with a heavy concentration of farms see more fatal accidents than those that have few.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Scary Stuff: Injured at Work? What Next?

Probably one of the most frightening things to happen at work (next to being fired or laid off) is to be injured at work.

A million things are running through your mind (providing you're still conscious) about getting paid, supporting your family, paying your bills, and just what is going to happen next.

All your friends and in-laws have opinions or advice but is it the right advice?

Probably not.

You're probably scared but don't want to admit it.

That's okay, a good workers comp lawyer will know how to advise you. It might not be in your comfort zone but it's the best thing you can do for you and your family.

Listen why.

Friday, December 26, 2008

workers compensation and dangerous pesticides

The poor farmworker

Farming often employs unskilled laborers in the application and management of pesticides. This lack of training is illustrated by the large number of pesticide-related illnesses in the agricultural sector as opposed to other industries which also employ pesticides but which observe stricter controls.

The majority of those sickened by pesticides on a farm are out in the fields where they receive none of the protections afforded to workers in other agricultural roles.

Chemical pesticides have the greatest impact on worker health as they build up in the human body to dangerous levels when farm workers are faced with repeated exposure. The negative effects that pesticides can impart on humans range from skin irritation to respiratory disorders to brain dysfunction, along with a long list of other serious symptoms.

Protective clothing and breathing masks can also be helpful, as they can prevent pesticides from being absorbed through the lungs and the skin. Immediately washing after working in a field that has been sprayed with pesticides can also lessen some of the harmful chemical effects.

Death at Work: Are You at Risk?

Death and work should never be in the same sentence.

People go to work to feel productive, to accomplish tasks, to gain new insights, to support themselves and their families, to set goals and get ahead in the world while improving their quality of life.

Some people love their jobs and some are looking for another job. Nobody wants to die on the job.

It's the responsibility of employers to make the workplace as free from danger and risk as possible.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

People die the most from vehicle or transportation incidents. Vehicles (cars and trucks) are prevalent which could account partially for why people die the most from vehicle related incidents.

Heavy machinery also accounts for the second highest number of job related deaths.

And the third reason is rather shocking...find out what the third highest cause of workplace death is; how your job field ranks; and how to get help for workers compensation or wrongful death accidents.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Workers Compensation and Tendonitis

What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis occurs when specific body parts are overused which introduces stiffness and pain, usually around joints, which is associated with a swelling of the tendon due to it becoming irritated from constant repetitive motion.

What jobs cause tendonitis?

Awkward, repeated actions such as manufacturing and construction jobs performed with the arms, shoulders and back can generate the level of strain required to induce tendonitis. Jobs in the public utilities sector may also cause tendonitis.

Support staff such as call centers and data entry also see a high rate of the condition due to the use of keyboards which can irritate the tendons in the wrist and forearms.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Suing Your Employer

You have been injured at work.

Will your employer have your best interest in mind? Probably not, if your absence or injury is costing them money.

What's the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family?

Hire a workers compensation lawyer and here's why.

They have their lawyers and you will need one too.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Workers Compensation and Hearing Loss

Hearing loss escapes gradually.

The majority of permanent hearing loss disabilities suffered in the workplace are found in manufacturing. Construction work follows in second place.

In order to avoid permanent damage to the ears, workers should limit the amount of time exposed to loud noises. Otherwise, hearing protection like ear plugs or over the ear noise blocking headsets is required or both will provide the ultimate level of insulation against heavy industrial sounds.

Installing noise shields around equipment or insulate control areas where workers congregate in order to provide a degree of muffling when equipment is in operation is another option. This is a step most motorized vehicles are required to take by law, and the effectiveness of this legislation in preventing hearing loss is reflected in the statistics from the transportation industry.

The bottom line is that exposure to loud sounds above a certain threshold for extended periods of time will result in permanent hearing damage -- and -- there is no recovery.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ahead of the Curve: Fastest Growing Jobs

The top seven jobs with the brightest futures in terms of growth are all tied to the information industry.

Some of these positions serve the massive IT infrastructure for the global economy, while others such as software engineering and design positions produce products which either improve the quality of the digital experience or seek to profit from its existence.

Support positions are being increasingly farmed out overseas to take advantage of the low cost of labor in Asian economies, and a number of software development roles are following.

The service industry is projected to grow along with these other positions. Nursing and customer service jobs will be created in order to assist the expansion of the medical industry and corporate growth respectively. Third-party computer support is also predicted to boom as more and more people require assistance with increasingly complex laptops and personal computer systems.

Current economic uncertainty makes these projections shaky, especially in terms of the professional industry. Yet, they provide an interesting basis for an evaluation of the future job market.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Is Your State a Dangerous Place to Work?

Which state has the highest number of workers compensation related injuries and deaths?

Are all states created equally as far as the number of workers compensation injuries?


Would you be surprised to learn that the midwest is a dangerous place to work. West Virginia, Kentucky, and the Great Lake states have a high degree of mining and mining is a very dangerous occupation. West Virginia accounts for more than half of the mining injuries compared to all the other states combined.

Lung cancer, respiratory disorders, and lung diseases like mesothelioma are associated with specific occupations with repeated exposure to chemicals found in mining and agriculture. Farmers, farm workers, and miners have a high preponderance of work related injuries.