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Assembly line work can be dangerous

Some workers in factories and manufacturing plants across Georgia may wonder about their rights if they get hurt while working on an assembly line. With the complex machinery involved in production lines, there are a number of opportunities for workers to face serious injuries that could affect future job abilities. If you work on an assembly line, it can be particularly important to understand the potential dangers.

Nearly one third of construction claims due to falls

Falls from elevated surfaces are a frequent source of injury among construction workers in Georgia as in the rest of the U.S. Nationwide Insurance found that a third of all the construction claims that it processed in the past five years, a number that comes up to over 3,000 claims, were due to falls. This is why the organization was in support of the Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, a nationwide event sponsored by OSHA that took place from May 7 to 11.

Radiologists face increase in neck and back injuries

Reports of pain in the lower back and neck are becoming more common among a large number of America's radiologists, according to a recent report. Many of these radiologists across Georgia and the United States believe that the increase in pain is due to the heavy use of Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, also known as PACS.

Machinery can lead to workplace injuries

Machinery can pose a danger to workers on the job in Georgia, especially when moving parts are unguarded and left without protections. "Pinch point" is a term that is used to describe a particularly dangerous part of a machine, any section that could catch a person or a body part enough to cause injury.

OSHA alliance with entertainment industry to continue

Workers in Georgia who are part of the entertainment industry should be aware that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed an alliance with two entertainment industry organizations for an additional five years. Along with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada, OSHA will take steps to protect the health and safety of entertainment industry workers.

Former OSHA head urges focus on enforcement

Workers in Georgia are frequently at risk of suffering injuries on the job due to dangerous conditions or the nature of certain industries. Government regulations exist in order to protect workers from unnecessary injuries at the workplace. In fact, the former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration told the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections that non compulsory employer programs have only limited benefits for worker safety.

Warehouse accidents and injuries are often preventable

More than 145,000 people work in warehouses in Georgia and around the country according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and figures from the workplace safety agency reveal that they are more likely to be killed while on the job than workers in other industries. Warehouse workers may lose their lives or suffer injuries when forklift trucks are used recklessly or heavy products are stacked precariously, but this kind of accident may be prevented by comprehensive safety training, regular inspections and diligent oversight.

Mental health and risk of work injuries for women

Many women in Georgia will experience depression or anxiety at some point during their lives. New research from the Colorado School of Public Health suggests that women who have experienced depression, anxiety or fatigue may face an increased risk of suffering from work-related injuries.

Injured workers may be entitled to multiple benefit packages

Georgia residents may be able to get both workers' compensation and Social Security Disability benefits at the same time. Workers' compensation programs are run by the state while SSDI is a federal benefit program. As such, there may be different rules as to whether a person qualifies for a particular benefit. It is also important to point out that workers' compensation benefits only apply if a person is hurt while at work.

Worker deaths increased in 2016

Georgia employees may be concerned to learn that workplace fatalities increased by 7 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The agency also found that the rate of fatal injuries jumped from 3.4 to 3.6 per 100,000 full-time workers during the same period of time.

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