25 Years of Workplace Injuries – How Do Today’s Workplaces Stack Up?

25 Years of Workplace Injuries – How Do Today’s Workplaces Stack Up?

For more than 45 years, the Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities program at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has compiled statistics about injuries, illnesses and fatalities on the job in the U.S. According to a recent survey of the last 25 years of data, U.S. workers are getting injured less and dying less often at work. But, clearly, there is still work to be done to make every workplace...
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....
Forget the Hard Hats — Construction Helmets Might be Safer

Forget the Hard Hats — Construction Helmets Might be Safer

Workplace safety is a critical component to any job. Some workplaces, such as construction sites, are inherently more dangerous than others, and as the times change, so does safety technology. However, the familiar hard hat has largely remained unchanged for 40 years. It’s essentially just a rigid shell with a brim and a suspended, adjustable headband attached on the inside. Seems as though an object meant to protect vital...
Accidents and Dangerous Occupations

Accidents and Dangerous Occupations

We’ve all heard the phrase “accidents happen,” but there’s a prevailing line of reasoning that they don’t simply occur. Rather, they are “made.” The cause can almost always be traced to someone who dropped the ball and that prior event (or events) produces the accident. Whenever someone does something they should not have done or fails to do something they should have done, the result can lead to a...
Workers’ Compensation Benefits & Idiopathic Injuries

Workers’ Compensation Benefits & Idiopathic Injuries

We spend much of our lives at work, in part to earn money to be able to enjoy whatever leisure time is left over. All those on-the-job hours means that workplace injuries are bound to happen. When they do, most fall under the umbrella of workers’ compensation, which awards financial benefits for certain injuries. Georgia law provides that an accidental injury is compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act if...
Top Ten Most Frequently Cited OSHA Violations: 2015

Top Ten Most Frequently Cited OSHA Violations: 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created by Congress “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.” OSHA covers most private sector employers and their workers as well as some public ones. Among other things, employees have the right to working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious...