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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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A New Year is approaching, which means that it is time to start looking forward to the future. Hopefully, 2017 will be the safest year ever for workers. Unfortunately, thousands of injuries and fatalities continue to happen every single year, across all industries. Workers and employers can both do their part to try to reduce work injuries so lives are not interrupted by an accident or illness resulting from job duties.  If such an accident or illness does occur, a workers’ compensation lawyer can provide help to the victim to try to obtain workers’ comp benefits coverage.

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During the holiday season, there are many employers who must bring in seasonal workers. Hiring seasonal workers is common at this time of year in the hospitality industry, in retail, in landscaping for holiday decorations, and in other industries where demand rises around the holidays. atlanta holiday work injury

Unfortunately, many of the temp workers who are hired during the holiday season can face serious risks of on-the-job injury. Workers who are brought in to do a job only for a brief period will not have the knowledge or experience to do their job tasks with the same level of skill as full-time workers. Not only does this endanger the temp employees, but it can also put other staff members at increased risk as well.

If a temp worker is injured, he or she may still be entitled to work injury benefits, just as a full-time worker should receive coverage. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide guidance to temporary workers on determining what rights, if any, they have to receive benefits following an injury on-the-job.  Continue Reading

The 2016 presidential election is finally over and a new president will be taking office in January. The federal government presides over a vast network of agencies affecting the rights of workers, so the impact of this election could have an effect on what happens to those workers when the new president is sworn in. In particular, it will be important to understand how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will operate under President Donald Trump. atlanta work injury

Whatever OSHA does, or does not do, it is still in an employer’s best interests to maintain a safe worksite for employees. If an employer provides adequate protection for workers, the risk of injuries go down. This means fewer workers’ compensation claims and healthier, safer employees.

If an injury does happen, the affected worker or his family should consult with an Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney to find out options for pursuing a benefits claim.

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Every employee deserves a safe space to work. When you think of workplace risks, you probably think of construction jobs or other physical jobs where there is a substantial chance of injury. While it is true that there is more danger in these professions, office workers can face injury and be hurt too. Safety and Health Magazine provided some tips recently on hidden dangers in an office environment and on how to make your office safer to reduce the chances of problems occurring. atlanta workplace office injuries

If you do get injured in an office, you should understand what your options are and should take action to try to get workers’ comp benefits. An Atlanta work injury lawyer can help you to make a claim so you can get payment for treatment costs for your injury as well as other benefits including disability payments if your injury affects your ability to earn wages.

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After an Atlanta workplace accident, there are certain key steps that you need to take in order to protect your rights. You may be entitled to receive benefits that cover the costs of your injuries and your losses. You don’t want to do anything to jeopardize your ability to get those benefits, especially as you are restricted by Georgia law from suing your employer for on-the-job injury. atlanta work injury checklist

An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide you with help in taking the necessary steps to protect your right to receive compensation for work-related illnesses and injuries.  You should work with an attorney as soon as you can to find out the steps you need to take after you get hurt and to avoid making mistakes that could jeopardize your right to benefits.

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Atlanta workers who get hurt at work can get workers’ comp benefits.  If exposure to toxins at work results in an employee developing an illness, the affected worker should also be entitled to coverage for the illness and for disability if the sickness affects job abilities. atlanta workplace illness

In some cases, it is clear an injury or illness is work-related because it occurs immediately after an accident or right after exposure to chemicals or toxins. In other circumstances, the injury or illness develops over time, such as a repetitive stress injury. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide help in proving an injury or illness was work-related in order to ensure you can get the benefits you need.

While these are situations where you should be able to clearly show that your work can affect your health, there are also other circumstances as well where your job affect your well-being. In fact, Safety BLR reported recently that new studies have shown a bad job can affect your health for decades.

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Recently, CNN reported on the plight of a disabled 55-year-old construction worker. After 32 years in the construction industry, the man was badly injured and barely able to leave his home. He was taking medications, but the pills and treatments were not helping to improve his quality of life. Atlanta workplace injury

His story was similar to the stories of many other construction workers, and likely does not come as a surprise to those who are aware that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous. What may come as a surprise, however, is that this construction worker was not hurt because of a fall or an encounter with construction equipment. Instead, the cause of his serious ailment was workplace hearing loss.

Workplace hearing loss is common, life changing, and very expensive to deal with. For workers who sustain hearing loss, their quality of life can change forever. If you are one of the millions of workers affected by hazardous exposure to noise at work that causes your hearing to suffer, you need to know your rights. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can help you.

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