Do you work in an industry in which you use a ladder on a regular basis? For example, if you're a construction worker, it may be common for you to use a ladder to reach the top of a house or commercial building.
Everyone's job is different, so some people face hazards that others never see. Working in construction, you're exposed to many hazards ranging from electrical perils to dangers from large equipment. Knowing these hazards and the threat they pose helps you stay safe. Here are four dangers that many construction workers face.
You've worked for years, giving the best of your abilities to your employer. You consider yourself hardworking, and you believed your employer had respect for the job you did. Then, suddenly, you suffered an injury at work. Maybe it was the culmination of many years of repetitive stress, or perhaps it was an accident, such as a fall.
If you are fortunate, maybe you have some extra time off during this holiday season. Even if you are at work, however, you probably are aware of the season, likely due to the holiday decorations that adorn your workplace. Or, maybe you work in sales and there is an abundance of holiday products on the shelves.
Head trauma resulting from a workplace accident or motor vehicle crash can raise a lot of questions. True, degenerative brain disease is unlikely to result from a single concussion. Yet even if head trauma is not repeated, it may still be difficult to diagnose and treat.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a safety campaign this past spring, called the National Safety Stand-Down. Designed to prevents falls in construction, the initiative emphasized the importance of equipment inspections, having rescue plans in place, and identifying potential workplace hazards.
When a severe illness or accident renders an individual unable to work, he or she may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. The two primary disability programs administered by the SSA are Social Security disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income. SSDI benefits require a qualifying work history, whereas low-income recipients may be eligible for SSI benefits.
As we've mentioned on this blog before, workers' compensation covers pretty much any injury you suffer while you're performing your ordinary job duties, regardless of whether someone at your company was negligent. The workers' compensation system is basically a tradeoff between the interests of injured workers and those of companies: Essentially, as long as you were hurt at work, you don't have to prove fault in order to obtain compensation. In return, your employer is immune from lawsuits for workplace injuries and illnesses.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is well aware that work-related hearing loss is a big problem in the United States. According to federal data, some 30 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous levels of noise, which results in thousands of people suffering noticeable hearing loss every year. How many thousands? Over 21,000 in 2009 alone.