Georgia residents with questions about workers' compensation should be aware that the underreporting of injuries is an obstacle faced by both OSHA and MSHA. When employers are not reporting injuries, employees are losing opportunities for compensation.
Burn injuries can be among the most serious that workers can suffer in Georgia. If you have received a severe burn injury while you were working at your job, you have the right to recover benefits from workers' compensation.
Every employer in Georgia has an interest in preventing accidents that injure employees. Organizations can take proactive steps to reduce injuries by targeting common sources of on-the-job injuries.
Construction workers in Georgia should know that more and more people are dying in trenching and excavation procedures. Between 2011 and 2016, OSHA reported 130 such fatalities with 49 percent of them occurring between 2015 and 2016. In response, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated the National Emphasis Program regarding trenching and excavation.
Depending on the industry they work in, some Georgia residents may be at risk for incurring job-related eye injuries. About 2,000 cases of such injuries occur every day in the U.S. and require medical treatment. Approximately one-third of them are treated in hospital emergency rooms. To help prevent such accidents, it's important to be aware of the many different causes of eye injuries.
Any machine with gears, rollers, belt drives or pulleys has what are called pinch points: spaces where workers, or parts of their body, can get caught. To avoid pinch point accidents in Georgia and elsewhere, OSHA has addressed the topic in its standards for general industries, agriculture, longshoring, marine terminals and construction. OSHA's recommendations can be broken down into engineering controls and work practice controls.
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.
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.
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 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.