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Repetitive trauma due to working conditions

Employers have a duty to protect their employees from workplace injuries. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) requires all employers to take considerable steps to keep employees safe. But in some cases, injuries are difficult to avoid. Some injuries take place gradually with time and show symptoms after months, or even years. One of these workplace illnesses is repetitive stress injury.

Repetitive trauma is a complex workplace injury of the nervous system caused due to repetitive use of the same muscle. Doing to same work for several years may result in repetitive stress injuries. In some cases, awkward positioning can also lead to repetitive trauma. People working in an office environment often complain about this disease. Awkward sitting positions can lead to back injuries which are an example of repetitive stress injury. Typing for several hours a day could lead to an injury called carpal tunnel syndrome, which is an example of repetitive trauma. People working in industrial environments often complain about other repetitive trauma injuries like the tennis elbow or radial tunnel syndrome. These injuries are caused due to vigorous use of the same muscle for several years.

Construction workers face silicosis due to working conditions

Workplace injuries can be painful and difficult to deal with for the employer. It may result in the employee needing some time off work. The employer must also pay for the medical expenses of the injured employee. Injuries are often dealt with quickly, and employees return back to work as soon as possible. On the other hand, occupational illnesses are often caused because of long term working conditions.

Dealing with construction site injuries

Working in the construction industry increases the probability of serious injury while on the job. Falling objects and electrocutions are some of the major causes of injuries on construction sites. You might be eligible for benefits and compensation if you're injured at a construction work site.

Who is responsible for a slip and fall injury?

If you slip and injure yourself on your employer's property, then the person on whose property you injured yourself may be accountable to pay for your injuries. People fall, trip, and slip on wet floors or maybe freshly polished floors. Sometimes a crease in the carpet may cause a fall. Scaffolding or poor working conditions with hazardous biochemicals may also cause undue harm to a worker. If this happens at work, the employee is entitled to receive compensation.

Accidents can still happen even when we are careful. If you see that the store owner has failed to place a wet floor sign, which led to you falling on a slippery floor, you may have a claim for liability. This could lead to you sustaining serious injuries, such as head trauma or concussion. Common injuries of falling include soft tissue damage of torn ligaments and tendons, fractured bones and permanent disability.

Who Heals the Healers? Nursing & Hospital Accidents

dugan2.jpgFar too often, those we trust with helping us heal become hurt themselves in that line of duty. Nurses and other hospital workers bear some of the highest rates of work-related injuries of any profession. According to a report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2011, hospital employees are hurt on the job more often than construction workers.

Consider applying for benefits after a workplace injury

Falling accidents may be due to dangerous working conditions or a company not properly inspecting working areas. These companies may be unregulated and may not have the appropriate safety regulations in place. If you have been injured at work due to negligence and poor maintenance and the company you work for has ignored your injury claim, you may want to consider reporting your company to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Scaffold-related accidents are common but preventable

Construction sites witness accidents on an everyday basis. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimated that 2.3 million construction employees work on scaffolds. Injuries from scaffold accidents might be serious in many cases. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics study, more than 70 percent of scaffold injuries were due to falling or slipping, being hit by a falling object and faulty equipment. It is safe to say that Scaffold-related accidents happen far too frequently and leave workers with serious injuries.

Inhaling hazardous chemicals can cause terminal illness

Is it possible to be diagnosed with a terminal illness at work?  Work-related illnesses are more common than we would like to think, especially when an employee is inhaling silica or asbestos. The chemical compound of silica is an oxide of silicon. It is found in slate and quartz. If you are a worker, and you have been inhaling way too much silica, you can develop the lung disease silicosis.

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