For maximum safety, employees and employers in all industries must be prepared for active shooter situations in the workplace. This type of attack causes physical injuries, fatalities, and emotional trauma.
Workers and employers need to be aware of the top 10 safety violations that were reported by OSHA in 2018 so they can take steps to improve safety at their workplaces. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issues an average of 40,000 violations to companies every year. The agency is tasked with enforcing safety regulations that are aimed at increasing workplace safety and reducing accidents.
Special work injury benefits programs may be available for federal employees, those employed in state and local government positions, railroad workers, seamen, longshoremen, and people engaged in maritime activities. When injured, the employee must determine what regulations apply to his injury and then file a claim with the appropriate program.
Whole person ratings are often miscalculated, leading to reduced workers' compensation benefits. Working with a work injury attorney can help ensure that workers are assigned appropriate whole person ratings based on the severity and nature of their injuries.
Amazon has recently joined the ranks of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NCOSH) “dirty dozen” list of the most dangerous workplaces in America. NCOSH released a report regarding the hazardous conditions at Amazon’s warehouses throughout the country.
Workers in the sanitation industry who ride refuse collection trucks or operate compaction equipment have a higher risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries. Exposure to hazardous substances, equipment malfunctions, and falling off of equipment, becoming entrapped, or getting run over are serious threats in this profession.
Worker fatigue and demanding work schedules make working the graveyard shift dangerous for many sanitation workers. Working the night shift increases the risk of serious injuries and fatalities among clean-up crews working in the meatpacking industry.
Increased silica exposure is causing a surge in the number of coal miners contracting pneumoconiosis, commonly known as black lung disease. Today’s miners are now at a higher risk of developing this condition in a shorter time period than their predecessors.
Most Chicago employers are required to maintain workers’ compensation insurance to compensate employees who are injured on the job or suffer work-related illnesses. Employers who knowingly fail to maintain this insurance can receive a minimum fine of $10,000 and $500 per day without insurance.
Workers refuse to wear PPE because of lack of training, lack of availability, its appearance or because it is uncomfortable to wear. Even when mandated by OSHA, there are high levels of non-compliance with personal protective equipment (PPE) in workplaces.