There are many dangerous occupations in the United States. Everyone knows that construction, firefighting and similar jobs can be dangerous. But one occupation that gets a little less press for its dangers is installation and maintenance work on industrial machines and heating and cooling systems.
If you had to guess what the most common workplace injury is, what would you say? Back strain? Broken bones? Head injury? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the surprising answer is hearing loss. CDC data shows that about 22 million people are exposed to dangerous levels of noise on the job each year. Those industries experiencing the highest number of workers suffering hearing damage include:
Suffering an injury due to a work-related accident could cause considerable complications. Serious injuries may require that you take time away from work to recover and could also lead to numerous medical bills, which may leave you feeling overwhelmed. However, instances in which your injuries occurred due to employer carelessness or other qualifying circumstances could potentially lead to workers' compensation.
Those who are familiar with the fast food and restaurant industry know that the franchise business model creates nuanced relationships between the franchise and the business owner. Franchisees are small business owners who purchase a "brand name" for their operation. They are required to uphold brand standards and keep in good standing with the national organization.
When thinking about dangerous occupations, most of us would likely assume construction work, roofing or logging as the most dangerous.
Most people never think much about how the workers' compensation determinations are guided. What standards are doctors and worker's compensation insurance providers supposed to use when making health-care recommendations or benefits determinations?
Workplace safety is always an important issue, with serious, often life-threatening injuries being a regular occurrence in this country's factories, construction sites and other workplaces. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has played a significant role in making America's workplaces safer for many years.
The rate of workplace accidents went down last year in Pennsylvania, but 166,102 people still suffered injuries at work. These numbers might be even higher in reality because many workers still do not report their injuries or file for workers' compensation because they feel like it won't be worthwhile.
If you have been following our blog, you are familiar with the dangers present at the workplace. Those at construction sites, refineries and factories are aware of the perils connected with operating heavy machinery. Even with the proper training and safety gear, however, accidents happen. While you may have been educated about maintaining a safe workplace, you may not have received the same caliber of instruction in taking care of yourself after an injury occurs.
Few people who work for a living believe that the workers' compensation program provides enough benefits. Yet year after year, many states are reducing the compensation available to injured workers and making the process increasingly difficult.