Young Workers Should Know of Rights and Dangers on the Job

Young Workers Should Know of Rights and Dangers on the Job

We want our young people to learn the value of hard work and smart money management early on. It’s the ambitious teenagers of today earning money after school, on weekends, and during summer vacations who will be running the workforce in a few short years. However, their lack of on-the-job experience makes them particularly vulnerable to workplace hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that in 2013,...
The U.S. Might Be Poised to Go Backwards on Workplace Safety

The U.S. Might Be Poised to Go Backwards on Workplace Safety

When we think of moving forward, we think of progress and advancement. Turns out, that’s not always the case. The simple passing of time does not guarantee forward movement, and many would argue that is nowhere more obvious than in government. Of particular concern recently is the treatment of worker protections and workplace safety standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revisited a few Obama-era rules in...
Injured Georgia Workers Aren’t Getting the Medical Care They Deserve

Injured Georgia Workers Aren’t Getting the Medical Care They Deserve

Workers’ compensation is something just about every employee is entitled to. Even part-time and seasonal workers are eligible for benefits. Basically, any time an employer is withholding taxes from someone’s pay, it is treating that person as an employee. Under Georgia law, an employee’s accidental injury is compensable for workers’ compensation if it arises out of and in the course of employment. However, some workers are finding that getting...
Cops Going Undercover to Detect Distracted Driving

Cops Going Undercover to Detect Distracted Driving

It is illegal to text while driving here in Georgia, even at red traffic lights. Drivers under the age of 18 are not permitted to use a phone at all while operating a vehicle. That doesn’t stop people from trying to feed their compulsion, however. In 2015, more than 3,470 people were killed and 391,000 people were injured in wrecks caused by distracted driving in the U.S. In Georgia...
The Importance of Job Safety Analysis

The Importance of Job Safety Analysis

Because not all on-the-job hazards are equal, hazard controls must be developed to address each one’s unique dangers. While some measures are more effective than others at reducing the risk, the work task must be assessed before the safest way to complete it can be identified. That’s where job safety analysis (JSA) comes in. Also referred to as job hazard analysis (JHA), Field-Level Risk Assessment, and Pre-Task Analysis, this...
Will the Gig Economy Lead to Benefits for Independent Contractors?

Will the Gig Economy Lead to Benefits for Independent Contractors?

The U.S. has always prided itself as a place where opportunities to make your own success are created and encouraged. The “lift-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps mentality” is basically the American Dream. While it’s not quite as easy as some people make it sound, it’s hard to deny that now more than ever, we are living in an age of making a name for yourself. Not everyone attempts this by singing and dancing...
What Should a Worker Do After an On-the-Job Injury?

What Should a Worker Do After an On-the-Job Injury?

On average, there are more than 8,000 workplace injuries and illnesses in the United States every day. These injuries can happen in any sector, to any type of worker. They also have many causes, from the worker who pulls their back by lifting a heavy object to the worker who suffers a fall-related injury because of a slippery surface. Workers’ compensation benefits provide protection to workers by offering payment...
Giving Birth in the U.S. is More Dangerous Than in Other Countries

Giving Birth in the U.S. is More Dangerous Than in Other Countries

Technological advancements and the abilities of hospital facilities to protect mothers and their babies is considered a basic measurement of societal development. Women dying in childbirth seems like it should be a rare occurrence in a nation as developed and wealthy as the United States. However, American women are more than 3 times as likely as Canadian women to die from pregnancy and childbirth complications, and 6 times more...
Could Smartphones Make Workplaces Safer?

Could Smartphones Make Workplaces Safer?

Being hurt on the job is a risk many people take every day. Actual workplace injury is a nightmare for the person injured as well as for the employer. Often, a relatively small change in process or procedure can make a significant difference in preventing injury — and have the added benefit of increasing workplace productivity. Storing hazardous chemicals in a locked closet, for example, instead of out in...
Parents Should Be Wary of Inflatable Beds

Parents Should Be Wary of Inflatable Beds

With a price tag starting around $20, inflatable beds can be found in many homes today. They take up minimal room when deflated, and serve as comfortable, easy-to-prepare arrangements for guests, kids’ sleepovers, or family movie night. Some people are even choosing to use inflatable mattresses as their everyday beds. They are especially popular with low-income families who have had to find creative and/or inexpensive alternatives to traditional mattresses...