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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is holding a Fall Prevention Stand-Down throughout the United States. The Stand-Down will occur between May 8 and May 12, 2017. According to Safety BLR,  OSHA indicates that the event is meant to provide “an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals.”Atlanta workplace falls

Events aimed at raising awareness about workplace falls are very important, because falls remain a leading cause of work injuries– especially in the field of construction. As many as a third of all construction workers who are killed doing their jobs each year die as a result of a fall from a height. More than 200 construction workers lose their lives annually when they fall from a high elevation, and another 10,000 construction workers each year sustain serious injuries in falls.

If you or someone you love is hurt in a fall, you should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide help in making a claim for work injury benefits or for workers’ comp death benefits if a loved one has been killed by a workplace fall. Continue Reading

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) was passed in 1970 with the goal of establishing minimum standards for safe worksites in order to reduce the risk of on-the-job injuries. Although many new OSHA rules and regulations have passed since the 1970s, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been stymied in some ways when it comes to passing new worker protection rules in the decades since the passage of OSHA.

For example, OSHA has attempted to update permissible exposure limits to adjust allowable levels of exposure to a broad array of substances, but has not been able to make big changes. OSHA has also not updated its penalties as often as some believe it should, although the maximum penalties for certain citations were finally overhauled recently after many years. atlanta work injury protections

To modernize and update OSHA and improve the protections for workers, democrats on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce have reintroduced legislation that the lawmakers believe would improve working conditions and reduce the risk of work injuries. Safety BLR reported on the proposed changes to OSHA found in the legislation, which is similar to past proposals that have been made but which have not been successful.

The future of this new legislation is uncertain, but there are many factors that suggest the proposed bill will be unlikely to pass in this legislative session. If OSHA rules are not strengthened, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will continue to face important limits in what OSHA can do and workers may continue to face unnecessary risks at work.  An Atlanta work injury lawyer should be consulted by any worker who is harmed on the job in order to understand what his rights are. Continue Reading

Suffering a work injury can change your life forever. In some cases, the injuries sustained on-the-job or an illness developed due to your job tasks can be permanent and you may never recover fully from the harm you have endured. In other circumstances, partial recovery is possible or total recovery is possible with the proper medical care and some time off.   Whether you need to take time off, undergo medical treatment, or are never able to return to work, workers’ compensation benefits should be there for you to provide disability income and to pay your medical bills.  atlanta work injury

Many workers, unfortunately, do not know their rights or they make mistakes after suffering an injury. These mistakes could make it more difficult to obtain the benefits that Georgia law says workers are entitled to. It is important for every employee to ensure he doesn’t jeopardize his or her access to workers’ comp benefits. This means avoiding common mistakes.

If you get hurt on-the-job and want to ensure you don’t make any missteps that could make getting benefits harder, contact an Atlanta work injury lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney can guide you through the process of obtaining benefits that pay your medical bills and provide you with an income if you cannot work or your earnings are reduced.  Continue Reading

There are many different professions where workers could be exposed to toxic substances. Recent research suggests that welding is one such job. Welders face a significant risk of developing a serious work-related illness because of dangerous substances that they routinely breath in when they are doing their work. atlanta workplace illness

Welders who are made sick by their work duties should consult with an Atlanta workplace illness attorney.  Employees who suffer symptoms of illness due to their jobs should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including having their medical bills paid in connection with their illness.

Some workers have a difficult time proving they should get benefits for their illness because it can be hard to show their symptoms actually are happening due to their work. An attorney can assist not only welders but any employee who is sick and who wants to make a workers’ comp claim due to the work-related health issues he or she is experiencing.

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Many different types of work injuries could occur that affect employees in Atlanta. Some injury types are more common than others, but all injuries can have a devastating impact on the lives of workers who suffer harm because of their job tasks.  Employees should not have to face financial loss as a result of work injuries, and an Atlanta work injury lawyer should be consulted as soon as a worker gets hurt in order to help the injured employee make a workers’ compensation claim. Atlanta work injuries

Employees can make workers’ compensation claims for any illness or injury that they can demonstrate was caused by their job. This includes not just injuries resulting from accidents, like fall-related injuries, but also illnesses related to toxic exposure or other work hazards, and injuries that occur due to repetitive stress on the body over time. An attorney can provide assistance with proving that an injury is work-related and can assist injured workers in getting the full benefits they deserve for any work-related illness or injury.

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If you get hurt at work, you have to go and see a doctor as soon as possible. It is very important that you see a doctor, both for your health and to protect your legal rights to make a claim to get work injury benefits. A work injury could be very serious and could affect your life in many ways, so getting prompt medical help is just smart after an accident occurs. Atlanta work injury

Once you have been diagnosed with a work injury, you should also contact an Atlanta work accident lawyer.  Your attorney can help you to make sure you get the costs of all of your medical care covered so you do not have to pay out-of-pocket for doctor’s visits or other costs of treatment.  In addition to medical costs, other benefits are also available in many cases, depending upon the nature of your injury and whether it impacts your work ability. Get legal help right away so you do not lose out on benefits you deserve.

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has many initiatives to protect workers. In addition to inspecting worksites, responding to complaints and reports of accidents, and passing regulations, OSHA also imposes fines on employers. An employer can be fined by OSHA if the agency determines the employer has violated any workplace safety rules. Avoiding these fines is one reason why employers may make an effort to create safe worksites.  Now, employees could have even more incentive to follow the rules because OSHA fines are rising. atlanta work injury

Regardless of whether or not an employer is violating OSHA rules, an employee can take action to get benefits after a work injury. Workers’ compensation in Georgia gives workers the right to benefits even in situations where employers do not violate regulations and where employers do everything right.

An injured worker needs to report his injuries and prove they are work-related and that should be enough to get benefits. An Atlanta work injury lawyer can help with this process.  Of course, while benefits are available in a broad array of situations, it is still best if injuries don’t happen…and the rising OSHA fines could help that happen.

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There are many regulations that are passed by federal agencies which impact the lives of workers. Employees are generally the most directly impacted by regulations passed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). However, employees could be affected by regulations from other agencies as well, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), among many others.  Atlanta work accident

Now, there is a substantial chance that many regulations will be rolled back and that it will become more difficult for new regulations to pass. If efforts do not move forward to protect workers and if rules are rolled back that impact employee safety, there is a chance that employees could face greater risks of work injury. If an employee is hurt on-the-job, an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer should be consulted to provide assistance to the injured worker in getting benefits.

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Many employers voluntarily put programs in place in order to try to create safer worksites and reduce the risk of a work injury happening. It makes good sense for employers to try to prevent injuries, as injuries can adversely impact productivity, can destroy employee morale, can result in costly workers’ compensation claims, and can change the lives of workers forever. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published guidelines to help employees design effective worker safety programs that actually reduce injury risks. It has been 27 years since those guidelines were updated, but OSHA has now revised them.  Atlanta work accidents

Employers may choose to incorporate the new advice from OSHA, but do not have to do so. Regardless of what efforts, if any, employers make at designing workplace safety initiatives, an employee should be entitled to benefits if he gets hurt at work. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can offer assistance to injured workers in making a benefits claim.

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More than 3.5 million injuries occur annually at workplaces throughout the United States.  These injuries can occur across all different industries and can affect employees in a wide variety of ways.  Unfortunately, though, some workers are at a greater risk of being hurt or killed than others. There are lots of factors that impact how safe a person’s workplace is, but recent research suggests that one risk factor relates to whether the company is a successful one or not. atlanta work injury

Regardless of whether your employer is doing well or not, you deserve a safe environment to do your job.  Your safety should not suffer as a worker, even if your employer faces cashflow issues.  If you do get hurt because of your work tasks, you must understand what your rights are. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can offer assistance with pursuing a benefits claim and can help you to understand the circumstances under which a claim can be made for work injury benefits.

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