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Injured At Work? What Now?

Thousands of hard-working individuals are injured at work every day. If you are reading this article, chances are, you are one of them. However, a majority of individuals have never heard of workers compensation or know they may be entitled to benefits. This article is aimed at informing injured workers the important steps they must take and what to expect in the early stages.

How common are occupational fatalities?

Adobe Rose13.jpegWorkers' compensation focuses on helping injured employees recover benefits based on the severity of an injury or condition. Whether caused by a single accident, a history of muscle repetition or toxic exposure, workers are likely to face serious consequences. Unfortunately, the most severe accidents can result in the loss of life.

4 most common types of summer workplace injuries

Adobe Rose12.jpegWhile nearly any type of accident can occur at nearly any time, there are certain injuries that most commonly occur during the summer months. Construction workers or employees performing any type of work that is mainly completed outside in the elements must be acutely aware of the dangers that could be faced. 

Avoiding dehydration in the summer heat

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As summer has arrived, soon we will be forced to face the hottest months of the year. Unfortunately, individuals who must work outside or in extreme conditions are often given little protection from the heat, humidity and direct sunlight. What can workers do to stay safe?

From industrial workers being required to wear several layers of PPEs (personal protection equipment) to construction workers spending all day on an outdoor jobsite, heat-related illnesses can be a devastating, deadly reality. These illnesses can include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. One of the biggest single preventative factors, OSHA cautions, is to remain hydrated.

Identifying a dangerous work environment

Adobe Rose10.jpegWhile some occupations are more hazardous than others, all workers deserve to feel safe while on the job. Owners, managers and supervisors alike have a duty to keep workers protected from harm no matter the job. It is not uncommon, however, for a job environment to become dangerous due to numerous factors. Injured employees are wise to pursue a workers' compensation claim to help them avoid financial trouble in the future.

Protecting yourself from on-the-job disease

Adobe Rose8.jpegPeople often mistakenly assume that workers' compensation is tied only to on-the-job accidents resulting in serious injuries. In fact, workers' compensation claims can center on either injuries or illness - sometimes a combination of both.

It is not uncommon for employees in numerous industries to work with hazardous or toxic materials for hours, days or even years. This level of contact can lead to health challenges or even deadly diseases.

Are large truck collision fatalities on the rise?

Adobe Rose9.jpegIt is not uncommon for large truck accidents to be caused by mechanical failure. Tire blowouts or faulty safety equipment can cause a driver to lose control and collide with other vehicles on California's roads. Unfortunately, due to the discrepancy of size and speed, drivers of smaller passenger vehicles are at risk for serious injury in a collision with an 18-wheeler. Depending on many factors, these accidents can result in driver fatalities.

Winter Storm Brings Dangerous Driving Conditions

Adobe Rose7.jpegAround the nation, California winter is often dismissed as mild and pleasant in comparison to either the upper Midwest or East Coast. In reality, devastating storms can decimate the state as weather systems generated over the Pacific Ocean and high atop the mountain ranges collide across the state. Snow storms, mudslides and powerful straight-line winds can destroy property and injure - or even kill - California residents.

In the highly-populated communities of Southern California, the heavy winds and rain can make even a simple drive deadly.

Ototoxicity - Hearing Loss in the Workplace

Adobe Rose6.jpegMost people equate hearing loss with a loud environment such as those centered on construction equipment or industrial machinery. Unfortunately, a chemically toxic work environment can also lead to a reduction in hearing capacity or complete hearing loss.

Recently, OSHA released a Safety and Health Information Bulletin warning employers of this relatively unknown cause of worker injury. Damage to hearing due to chemical exposure is referred to as ototoxicity. The chemicals themselves are referred to as ototoxicants. While exposure to noise and ototoxicants can independently cause hearing loss in employees, if a worker is exposed to both factors on the job, he or she can suffer devastating results. Depending on the level of noise, the dose of the chemical and the duration of the exposure the hearing loss can be either temporary or permanent.

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