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Employers and workers must take seriously threat of arc flashes

Electric workers in Georgia face many hazards, and arc flashes and explosions from live electrical wires represent a deadly threat. Every year, about 2,000 people go to hospitals with arc flash injuries. The severe burns associated with most of these accidents kill about 20 percent of victims annually.

Avoiding blind spot accidents in the workplace

In Georgia and across the US, managers of warehouses and loading docks have begun to express concern over the inadequacy of various safety measures, especially those meant to prevent blind-spot collisions. For example, many workplaces are outfitted with one-size-fits-all convex mirrors without any regard to the environment, the number of intersections, traffic flow and other unique factors.

Workplace safety across age groups

Many people living in Georgia continue to work long past "normal" retirement age. While many employers recognize the value in having a multigenerational workforce, there are also challenges in establishing and enforcing safety standards that protect workers in different age groups. Unfortunately, some employers may not be aware of the unique health and safety issues that senior workers face. This can result in unnecessary injuries for this age group.

Are people followed by workers' comp investigators?

After you file a workers' comp claim, there is a lot you have to contend with; one example is workers' comp investigators. ABC News detailed the various tasks these investigators have to perform, which includes seeing if workers are truly as injured as they claim to be. Businesses and insurance companies rely on these professionals to make sure they provide money to those who deserve it. 

Blast at chemical facility kills 1 and injures 2 others

Authorities in Georgia have reported than an explosion at an Augusta chemical plant on Sept. 27 claimed the life of one worker and left two others injured. The workplace accident took place at approximately 12.50 p.m. in the vicinity of the Bobby Jones Expressway and Sand Bar Ferry Road in East Augusta. A fire report reveals that first responders arrived at the scene within 10 minutes of the blast, and the chemical company involved said in a statement that work at the facility had been suspended and investigators would be provided with unfettered access to the site.

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