Most Americans wake up five days a week only to spend eight or more hours at work. Some see their co-workers more often than their families and see work as a type of second home. One can suffer minor or lifelong injuries from simply doing their job, even those that are considered low risk. But unlike one's home when a person gets hurt while on the job they can file for workers compensation. While the safety net of workers compensation is a positive invention many are working toward reducing workplace accidents.
A serious injury can be one of the worst experiences in any adult's life. Not only does one have to deal with the injury itself, but oftentimes the person must deal with the consequences of the injury as well. A serious enough injury can prevent a person from being able to work or even carry out normal day-to-day activities. But, if the injury was caused by a workplace accident, workers' compensation laws are likely to come into effect. Unfortunately, federal OSHA standards and rules do not extend to state employees because public workers are not covered under the law. Public workers must look elsewhere for worker protections.
Many people are injured in workplace accidents every year in the United States. Workers in Massachusetts should report a workplace injury right away to help companies address any safety hazards. Injured workers can also apply for workers' compensation but this is only possible if they report their injury.
Fatal workplace accidents and injuries can be very difficult for victims' families to deal with in Massachusetts. After a family member is killed on-the-job, many families don't think about how the funeral and other expenses will be paid until after they have grieved.
Workers in the construction and fracturing industry face many hazards in the workplace. One of the biggest hazards they face is being exposed to silica. Silica is a harmful toxin that can cause serious health issues, including cancer and lung disease, in workers who inhale silica in high volumes or over an extended amount of time.
Tree trimmers in Massachusetts may face more risks than many workers are aware of and a recent fatal accident highlights one of the many risks these workers face every day. A tree trimmer in Massachusetts recently suffered fatal injuries after he accidentally hit a power line while working.
With the heat wave upon us in Massachusetts, it is important for workers to be aware of the dangers of heat-related illnesses and the hazards they may face on the job when the temperature rises. Heat-related illnesses can be fatal to workers and a recent case shows just how dangerous the heat can be.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) charged Massachusetts manufacturer Spincraft, Inc. with 38 safety violations, causing the company to face $175,500 in fines.