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May 2014 Archives

Worker's death illustrates limitations of OSHA penalties

The Boston Globe recently published a piece profiling the death of an American worker employed at an East Coast hummus plant. The man became caught in rotating nine-inch blades that function to blend the hummus product made at the plant. After being crushed by the blades, he perished as a result of his injuries as an ambulance transported him to a local hospital.

NIOSH is investigating fracking-related safety risks for workers

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is occurring in numerous states across the country. New York legislators have yet to determine whether high-volume fracking will be allowed within the state’s borders. However, companies are currently engaging in fracking from Pennsylvania to Montana.

Will prescription narcotics affect your workers' comp claim?

If you have been injured on the job, you have likely been examined by a physician. Depending on the nature of your injury, your physician may have prescribed you painkillers. There is absolutely no shame in taking prescription painkillers if you truly need them. However, because narcotic pain killers can be addictive, you must be extremely careful when taking them.

Are most work-related truck accidents tied to driver health?

In recent years, the media has spent a great amount of time reporting on the link between truck driver health and accident risk. In particular, the media, safety experts and federal regulators have been concerned that when truck drivers develop sleep apnea as a result of a sedentary and overweight lifestyle that they place themselves at a greater risk for fatigue-related crashes. As sleep apnea affects sleep quality, this is not an unreasonable conclusion to draw.

Upsetting study concerning brain injuries has been released

We have previously written about the fact that falls are now the number one cause of brain injury in the United States. Individuals who work in construction, logging and other hazardous industries are among those Americans at greatest risk for suffering debilitating falls. As a result, it is vitally important that both employers and workers in these high-risk industries understand both how to prevent falls and how to detect and properly address potential brain injuries when they may have been inflicted on the job.

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