In a national season of seemingly constant bad news, it is always wise to take time to recognize when objectively good news arises. For workers in many sectors here in California, occupational injuries are on the decline. While the decrease is slight, it is an encouraging trend, and one that may indicate workplaces paying extra attention to the safety and well-being of workers in many environments. Just about any way you look at it, this is good news for workers and businesses, plain and simple.
Workers' compensation coverage for injuries in the workplace is a crucial protection to workers in every job sector. However, not all injuries are as simple to cover properly as others, and mental injuries are often among the most difficult to address. Mental difficulties stemming from the workplace often draw skepticism and require some extra heavy lifting to secure fair compensation. However, it is certainly possible to do, making worthwhile to at least explore your options fully.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.