Depending on your job, you may find yourself risking injury on a regular basis. For instance, if you work in construction, you never know if you could injure your neck, back or shoulder by lifting heavy items.
Have you injured your back and/or neck in a workplace accident? If so, there is nothing more important than receiving medical treatment. This will ensure that you have a treatment plan in place to help you make a full recovery.
Workplaces are meant to be safe, but they don't always come without hazards. There are a few things you can do to help yourself stay safe, even if you're exposed to dangers in the workplace.
Working as a logger means long hours using dangerous machinery. You may be climbing to unprecedented heights to take the tops off trees or revving up a chainsaw for a particularly large stump. You might work with hands-on logging equipment on the ground or on a hillside. Whatever you're doing, if you're hurt at work, you should be entitled to compensation through your employer's workers' compensation plan.
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.
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.
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.
While many Wisconsin residents might have strong feelings about the Second Amendment, there are also substantial concerns about various types of violence inflicted because of the misuse of weapons. OSHA notes that approximately 2 million U.S. residents are directly affected by workplace violence annually, and homicide is one of the five leading causes of deaths in the workplace each year.
Eye injuries are more common in the workplace than you may think. In fact, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has reported that there are around 2,000 workers in the United States who suffer eye injuries every day.
Commercial truck drivers on Wisconsin highways may be fatigued if they have not had sufficient sleep. If a driver has obstructive sleep apnea, getting a good night's rest can be especially difficult. OSA is a respiratory condition that causes people to have interrupted breathing during sleeping hours and fatigue during waking hours.