The Link Between Dangerous Jobs and Opioids

The Link Between Dangerous Jobs and Opioids

A recent Massachusetts labor report revealed an alarming truth: Construction workers are six times more likely than other workers to die from overdose of an opioid prescribed after an on-the-job injury. This finding shows that companies in dangerous injuries such as construction need to do more to ensure worker safety, safety advocates warn. The report was released this month by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and it established...
Outdoor Workers Should Be Extra Careful This Year

Outdoor Workers Should Be Extra Careful This Year

Disease cases due to bites from mosquitos, ticks and flea bites more than tripled from 2004-2016 in the U.S., according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Outdoor workers are at higher risk for serious health problems from these insect bites. The CDC stated that cases of serious domestic diseases, such as dengue fever, Zika, Lyme and plague occurred more than 640,000 times in this time period....
An Already Understaffed OSHA Sees Decline in Inspectors

An Already Understaffed OSHA Sees Decline in Inspectors

The numbers of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) inspectors has fallen under President Trump’s administration, according to statistics obtained by NBC News. This raises questions about how serious the government is about protecting workers across the United States. In the months after Trump took office, OSHA lost 40 workplace safety inspectors through attrition. It made no new hires to fill the inspector vacancies as of early October 2017, according...
Too Many Georgia Workers Not Getting Protection They Deserve

Too Many Georgia Workers Not Getting Protection They Deserve

The state of healthcare at the national level is up in the air, but candidates to be the next Georgia governor have been making their views on healthcare for the state clearer in recent months. Recently, Democratic State Rep. Stacey Evans  claimed thousands of workers in Georgia are being misclassified as independent contractors. This means their employers may deny them benefits, including disability, healthcare and other vital worker benefits....
Injured Workers Are Being Left Out to Dry with Workers’ Comp

Injured Workers Are Being Left Out to Dry with Workers’ Comp

The nation’s injured workers face a bleak fate, with a high risk of falling into poverty, according to a new US Department of Labor report. The reason: State workers’ compensation programs fail to provide them with enough benefits. The report could lead to more federal oversight of workers’ comp programs at the state level. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) stated recently that he is planning legislation to address the...
Nurses Too Often Endangered On the Job

Nurses Too Often Endangered On the Job

We often hear about on the job dangers that can threaten the health and wellness of certain workers. While many may consider law enforcement and fire fighting to be dangerous jobs, the top ten list of dangerous jobs is actually more mundane. A Forbes Magazine article says those at highest risk are taxi and truck drivers, farmers and ranchers, iron and steel workers, roofers, refuse collectors, pilots, logging workers, and fishing-related...