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November 2016 Archives

You can be compensated when you're hurt on the job

Working in construction can put you in harm's way in more than one set of circumstances. The "Fatal Four" is a nickname for the top four most fatal accidents in the construction industry. Falls, electrocutions, being struck by an object and being caught in-between objects are the main risks to these workers.

What benefits are available under Wisconsin worker's compensation?

In 1911 Wisconsin became the first state to protect workers with the nation's first workers' compensation program. The system was enacted as, and remains, a no-fault system. However, in 2015 the Wisconsin legislature enacted some changes to the workers' compensation program.

What you should know about working with ladders

The right kind of ladder safety is important in any workplace where employees may be expected to use ladders to reach a height. Not all ladders are the same, so using them incorrectly could lead to an accident. For employees who are hurt when using a ladder, workers' compensation should kick in to pay for medical expenses and potentially lost wages.

Looking a bit more at Wisconsin’s Safe Place statute

We’ve previously mentioned on this blog that employers have the duty to furnish a safe place to work and to protect their health, safety and lives of their employees. Under the so-called Safe Place statute, which imposes this duty, employees who are injured as a result of their employer’s failure to provide a safe place to work are entitled to increased workers’ compensation benefits.

Exposure to toxins in the workplace

Many Wisconsin employees are exposed to toxins at work. When workers are expected to perform jobs around hazardous chemicals, their employers should provide them with information about the toxins. Information about toxins and safe handling procedures is usually found in a 'Material Safety Data Sheet." An MSDS will tell workers about the health effects of a particular toxin, what protective equipment to use while working around it and how to safely dispose of it.

Diacetyl linked to serious lung diseases due to exposure

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called for more protections for coffee workers and others who are working in the food industry. The CDC has warned that there is a potential for contracting deadly and permanent lung diseases in this industry because of exposure. What causes it? It's a chemical called diacetyl. This chemical is used when making popcorn, coffee and other food and beverages.

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