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Workplace Injuries Archives

Does workers' compensation cover repetitive stress injuries?

As an employee, you may be eligible for workers' compensation if you suffer an injury on the job. You may even have grounds to file a workers' compensation claim for a repetitive stress injury (RSI), which can occur in very low-labor work environments, such as content writing, accounting, food service and any number of other jobs where you repeat the same sequence of actions or motions many times.

Poorly rested workers cost many industries heavily

The Sleep Matters Initiative at Brigham Health for the National Safety Council (NSC) recently released data gathered through their Fatigue Cost Calculator, and the results are fairly undeniable — lack of quality sleep for employees is not good for business.

Does my boss have to hold my job if I go to rehab?

For many of us, a time comes when we realize that our behavior is not healthy and we need to seek professional help to overcome destructive patterns through a rehabilitation program. Of course, when most people realize they have a problem (or are informed by concerned family and friends), it is never a convenient time, especially if the person in question holds a job. The individual considering rehab may worry that if he or she goes to rehab, he or she is forfeiting their job. If a person chooses to seek treatment in rehab, is an employer forced to hold a position open for them?

Employers' responsibilities to employees injured on the job

If you suffer a work-related injury, your employer has certain responsibilities toward you. Unfortunately, some employers need a little encouragement to fulfill their responsibility. While the law is generally on the side of the injured worker, enforcing the law may require getting some professional help.

Older workers face greater threats in the workplace

Workplace injuries can happen to anyone, but many professions provide much more opportunity for injury than others. This is especially true of particularly physically demanding professions or those that involve heavy machinery. While no population is safe from the possibility of workplace accidents, the older a worker is, the more likely they are to experience some type of workplace injury.

Do repetitive motion injuries qualify for workers' compensation?

On-the-job injuries come in all shapes and sizes, and each of them should be considered on its own merits. Many people worry that some injuries they suffer on the job may not qualify them for workers' compensation benefits, such as a repetitive motion injury. In many cases, a repetitive motion injury can qualify you for workers' compensation, but not always. If you have concerns about the validity of your claim, it is wise to consult with and experienced attorney before filing your claim — just don't wait too long.

Understaffing nurses leads to increase in injuries

If you are a nurse working in California, you know that helping to heal and care for others does not preclude you from injuries, especially on-the-job injuries. While many hospitals maintain excellent standards to keep patients safe, they may bend the rules when it comes to keeping their own staff safe as well.

Hospitality workers face specific injuries on the job

California is often on the forefront of protecting the rights of workers, which is a great point of pride fro the state. Recently, the California Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) took up the responsibility of exploring how best to create guidelines to protect hospitality workers. Hospitality workers often face great danger of several kinds of injuries, which might be avoided with proper training and protocols for employers.

Are you in danger of a work-related back injury?

A huge number of adults in America suffer from some form of lower back injury throughout their lifetime, and if you have yet to do so, you should consider yourself lucky. According to recent studies, nearly 80 percent of adults throughout the country experience a lower back injury of some kind at one point or another, totaling more than a million back injuries each year. Back injuries are incredibly common in the workplace, and make up about 20 percent of all workplace injuries, most of them in manual labor occupations.

Can I refuse to work under unsafe conditions?

As a worker in California, you have a number of protections available under the law that guarantee you do not have to do work that is unreasonably unsafe. This holds true regardless of your field of employment. No matter what kind of job you have, there are regulations provided by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that dictate the safe, proper way to do that job, and your employer cannot ask you to work outside of those accepted conditions. If you believe that your workplace is unsafe and does not meet OSHA safety standards, then you have the right to refuse hazardous work.

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