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Misconceptions About Workers’ Compensation

In most states, small business owners are required to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance for their employees to cover medical care, rehabilitation and wage replacement costs in case an employee becomes injured or sick on the job. Specific rules can vary from state to state, but the following are the general questions most commonly asked by -->

Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Injuries

Workers’ Compensation is a type of insurance that is purchased by employers to cover employment-related illnesses and injuries. It is state-mandated and consists of payments required by law to employees who are injured or disabled resulting from their job. Every state has their own Workers’ Compensation insurance program. In many situations, employees that are injured -->

Employer’s Responsibilities If You Have a Job-Related Injury

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace. Some of these key employer responsibilities include: Providing a workplace free from serious hazards and compliance with the standards, rules and regulations issued by OSHA Making sure employees have access to and use safe equipment and tools Using -->

Have You Been Diagnosed With a Medical Issue as a Result of Living or Working in NYC During 9/11 Attacks?

Did you live or work in the World Trade Center area immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks? If so, you should be aware of valuable monetary and medical benefits that you may be entitled to receive. Those diagnosed with cancer or respiratory illnesses who were present at the 9/11 crash site at the time of the crash -->

Carpal Tunnel Disability and Workers’ Compensation

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is known as a repetitive stress injury and has become increasingly more common in people whose work is driven by computers. While there may be many underlying causes for these repetitive stress injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for this injury under the laws of workers’ compensation. If you or someone -->

Construction Site Accidents and Workers’ Compensation

Construction site accidents are common and can be catastrophic. If you have been injured on a construction site, depending on the circumstances of your accident and your employer’s insurance, you may be eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits. To learn more about workers’ compensation benefits and the losses that are owed to you, contact the -->

A Warning for Women Seeking Workers’ Compensation

It is a widely recognized fact that women in the work world are commonly faced with added challenges due to gender. Their male counterparts are typically hired, paid, and promoted more frequently and at a greater rate. While employers and government officials have taken note of the inequalities and inconsistencies in these processes and have -->

The Workers’ Compensation Claim Process

When an individual becomes injured or ill at work, they may be entitled to file for Workers’ Compensation. This is a type of insurance that all employers should have, workers’ compensation pays for aspects of injured or ill employee’s ailments. For example, it may cover medical care expenses, some wage replacement and rehabilitation. In order -->

Creating a Safe Driving Program for Workers

Every year, motor vehicle accidents at work cost employers $60 billion in medical care, legal expenses, property damage and lost productivity. What’s worse is that our hard workers are seriously injured and unable to work as a result. The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) lists the following steps employers can take to build -->

Help Keep Employees Safe from Asbestos

Asbestos is a natural fibrous material that can have devastating effects on workers if proper precautions aren’t taken. Exposure to asbestos can cause a variety of diseases, including asbestosis, a chronic lung disease resulting from prolonged exposure to asbestos dust; lung cancer and other cancers; and mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer than affects the -->

Are Occupational Injuries Under-Reported?

The federal government may seriously be undercounting the number of occupational injuries that occur each year, according to some researchers. Michigan State University’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports that in 2012, there were 86% more work-related skull fractures in Michigan than were reported by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS said in -->

What’s Changing with OSHA Regulations in 2015?

In 2015, OSHA plans to create some new regulations while updating some old ones. Federal agencies released their Fall 2014 regulatory agendas. OSHA plans to issue three final rules in 2015: 1. Confined Spaces in Construction: Although OSHA already has confined space regulations for general industry, it does not have rules for the construction industry -->

Does Investing In Your Workers Create Productivity?

While President Obama’s call to raise minimum wage still goes unanswered by Congress, companies such as Sam Adams believes in paying their employees well above minimum wage to increase productivity.  The Boston Beer Company has won more awards in international beer-tasting competitions than any other. The company has over 1,200 employees and all receive paid -->

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2014: 1. Fall Protection – 6,143 violations 2. Hazard Communication – 5,161 3. Scaffolding – 4,029 4. Respiratory Protection – 3,223 5. Lockout/Tagout – 2,704 6. Powered Industrial Trucks – 2,662 -->

Work Kills More than War, International Labor Organization Leader Says

The international Labor Organization (ILO) has announced that it will renew its efforts to improve workplace safety and health across the world. ILO Director, General Guy Ryder said the organization would focus on creating a culture of intolerance towards risks at work. ILO plans to strengthen its focus on vulnerable groups such as migrant workers. -->

Who is Responsible for Protecting Temporary Workers?

OSHA and NIOSH are aware of numerous preventable deaths and injuries involving temporary workers. For example, a 27-year-old male employed through a staffing agency to work as an equipment cleaner at a food manufacturing plant died while cleaning a piece of machinery. He came into contact with rotating parts and was pulled into the machine. -->

Reducing Workplace Accidents: What Employers Should be Doing

All hazards identified by risk assessment should be addressed. The type of hazard, the degree of risk it poses and the severity of harm that may result vary from workplace to workplace and sector to sector. The following are just some of the issues: Work Equipment and Plant: Inadequate mechanical safeguards to prevent contact with -->

Electrical Safety Tips for the Workplace

Electrocution is one of the leading causes of fatalities in the workplace. Below are five safety tips you should take in your workplace, regardless of weather you work in the construction industry or in an office building: 1.    Be Cautious with Electrical Extension Cords: Extension cords can’t be avoided. Be sure that extension cords are -->

Governor Cuomo Reminds Motorists to Slow Down in Work Zones Following DOT Workers Death

On August 19, Governor Cuomo announced a new video public service announcement to remind motorists to drive safely in construction zones. The PSA comes after a maintenance worker for New York State DOT, Gary Farrell, was hit by a vehicle and killed while flagging traffic in a work zone. “Motorists should always exercise extra caution -->

Preventing Heat-Related Illness in Outdoor Workers

A recent NIOSH report offers advice to employers on the importance of preventing heat-related illness in workers. The report is based on an evaluation of heat stress at a national park in California, but the agency said its recommendations  can be applied to other worksites where extreme heat may be a factor. NIOSH found that -->