OSHA Sets Final Rule on Electric Safety

April 22, 2014

Electrical fires and electrocutions are a significant risk to workers in construction, factories, and other industrial jobs. After a decade of effort, the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) has finally published a rule containing new safety requirements to prevent hazards in the workplace. The rule primarily focuses on developing and sharing safety procedures, minimizing distance to electrical sources, and protective gear. Safety advocates are touting the rule as a significant step in the right direction to keep workplaces free from injury and to protect the lives of workers.
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OSHA is the federal agency charged with making safety rules and ensuing compliance to protect the health and safety of the nation's workers. The electrical safety rule will be pivotal in establishing safety guidelines and in holding negligent companies accountable in the event of an accident. Our Boston workers' compensation attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of America's workforce. We are committed to helping injured workers and their loved ones collect rightful benefits in the event of an accident or injury. Our lawyers are also committed to raising awareness and in staying abreast of legal issues and trends that impact worker safety.

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Common Office Back Pain or Repetitive Stress Injury?

April 17, 2014

Working conditions have changed and the computer age has left many of us sitting behind desks. While these conditions are not the most dangerous, they can still wreak havoc on our bodies, including our backs, necks, and hands. Individuals who suffer from repetitive stress injuries may be entitled to workers 'compensation benefits.

Are you suffering from common office back pain or repetitive stress injury? Our Boston workers' compensation attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness to prevent injuries and helping workers recover compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and other losses.
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Back pain in the workplace is common. What can you do about back pain and when can you take legal action for your repetitive stress injuries? Desk life can cause permanent damage to your back and make it more difficult for you to recover from injuries. Back pain is a common problem that can result in long-term and permanent injury. When your condition has worsened to a degree that renders you unable to work or forces you to miss work, you may be entitled to benefits.

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Biggest Obstacles to Adequate Safety Training

April 12, 2014

Safety training is essential to protect workers from on-the-job injuries or fatalities. While some employers fail to provide adequate training and don't prioritize employee safety, others want to do the right thing and ensure their staff is safe. Unfortunately, even employers who want to provide safety training may encounter certain obstacles in their efforts. conference-room-with-tv-1419673-m.jpg

Prioritizing safety training is a smart business choice for companies. Not only can they avoid the risk of fines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) but they will also have a healthier workforce and won't have as many workers' compensation claims. Workers who are injured on the job can make a workers' compensation claim regardless of employer negligence, and should consult with an experienced Boston work injury lawyer. Because workers' compensation is a strict liability system, the only way to avoid claims for employers is to avoid injuries in the first place. This means employers need to find creative ways to overcome training obstacles to achieve the benefits of effective training.

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Safety Issues for Remote Workers

April 8, 2014

Within the first 12 weeks of 2014, there were six deaths of workers performing maintenance or serving cell phone towers. Based on the number of deaths of cell tower workers in 2013 (13 employees total for the year), the rate of deaths in the industry in 2014 is nearly double the number of workers killed last year. This increase is disturbing but not entirely unexpected in light of prior estimates that show the fatality rate in the tower climbing industry is five times the rate of other industries. tower-1334864-m.jpg

Although tower climbing work is recognized as high-risk, the significant increase in deaths in just the first three months of the year is raising questions about how safety protections can be put into place for those who work remotely. These workers may still be considered employees and eligible to make workers' compensation claims with the help of a Boston work injury lawyer, but the workers do not go to a central worksite where an employer can actively take steps to improve conditions and enforce safety rules in order to reduce fatalities on the job.

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Loud Noises Increase Risk of Workplace Injury

April 4, 2014

Workplace hearing loss is a major risk for workers in certain fields including the construction industry. Unfortunately, loud noises at work may do more than just damage your hearing. A new Canadian study indicates that being exposed to loud noises at work may put you at greater risk of other types of injuries as well. earplugs-381261-m.jpg

Those who sustain any type of injury on-the-job can take action and make a workers' compensation claim. A Boston work injury lawyer can assist you in pursuing your work injury claim and obtaining medical benefits and disability income if your injuries prevent you from continuing to work.

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Workplace Safety Compromised by OSHA Budget Cuts

March 30, 2014

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had its budget cut in 2013 because of sequestration. OSHA was already underfunded before the cuts and did not want to reduce its compliance inspections unless forced. OSHA inspectors are overextended and far too few companies receive annual workplace inspections to ensure that they comply with occupational safety standards. cut-expenses-1-1176251-m.jpg

To preserve its inspection budget, Safety News Alert reports that OSHA instead cut its employer-assistance budget. Business advocates were concerned about this strategy and a new report indicates that the Department of Labor also is concerned that this will have a long-term adverse impact on safety.

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Workplace Injury Often Result of Fatigued Employees

March 29, 2014

A recent study in the Journal of Applied Psychology revealed an increase in workplace injuries in the days after Daylight Savings time. No corresponding increase in the number of work injuries occurred when the clocks switched to standard time. This suggests that lack of sleep when this time switch occurs is a contributing factor to on-the-job accidents because employees who are overtired are less alert and more likely to make dangerous mistakes. metal-clock-1215187-m.jpg

While the study outcome should prompt employees and employers to be more alert when the clocks change, it also shows the importance of getting a good nights rest every day before work. Fatigue does not disqualify a worker from recovering workers' compensation benefits and those who get hurt doing work tasks should consult with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer in Massachusetts. Still workers should make a commitment to not going to work tired in order to prevent a serious or potentially fatal accident.

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OSHA Wants to Expand Safety Inspections to Small Businesses

March 25, 2014

In its 2015 budget, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has expressed a desire to begin targeted inspections of more small businesses. OSHA is currently limited in its ability to conduct inspections on businesses with 10 or fewer employees. OSHA generally only conducts inspections of these companies in industries that have higher-than-average injury and illness rates. Now, OSHA wants to also inspect companies that have the potential for catastrophic incidents. main-street-vs--wall-street-1200761-m.jpg

If OSHA is able to expand its inspection authority to more companies, this could help to reduce catastrophic events that cause injury not just to workers but potentially within whole communities. Ultimately, though, with a limited number of inspectors, OSHA can only do so much. Employers of all sizes need to exercise caution when dealing with hazardous materials or high-risk conditions and have an obligation to ensure that they aren't putting others at risk. An injured worker who is harmed on-the-job should consult with a Boston workers' compensation lawyer for help understanding his legal right to compensation.

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What Three Safety Issues is OSHA Focused on Enforcing?

March 20, 2014

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a wide variety of safety regulations that it enforces. OSHA inspects workplaces on a regular basis, although understaffing has resulted in inspections not being frequent enough. OSHA also launches investigations when a serious injury or workplace death occurs or when a complaint is made about a company failing to live up to safety standards. check-list-1277878-m.jpg

While OSHA enforces regulations on almost every workplace issue, from scaffolding to toxic exposure, there are three specific areas that OSHA is currently focused on enforcing. The head of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs laid out these areas in a presentation to the American Bar Association's Occupational Safety & Health Law Meeting.

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Work Accidents: Infections and the Risk Life or Limb

March 18, 2014

Amputation is a known cause of long-term disability and can result from illness, disease, or catastrophic accident. In some cases, a limb infection or other trauma could result complications that then lead to an unexpected limb loss. A recent case involving a CBS corresponded demonstrates that the risk of amputation could result from what appears to be a minor infection or injury. According to reports, what was thought to be a minor injury ended up threatening his life--he and his doctors were forced to choose life over limb.
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The Amputation Coalition reports that there are nearly 2 million Americans living with limb loss. Every year, doctors are forced to perform nearly 185,000 limb amputations. For victims, the loss of limb can result in disability, unemployment, and hardship in learning to adjust emotionally and physicals. Workers in the United States face additional risk of amputation, especially in dangerous industries, including industry, construction, farming, fishing and factory work. Our Boston workers' compensation attorneys understand the devastating impact of amputation and are dedicated to helping victims and their loved ones recover the compensation they need.

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New Hampshire Ball Bearing Plant Explosion Raises Safety Concerns

March 14, 2014

An explosion here in the Northeast has been a tragic reminder of the importance of workplace safety. The accident is still under investigation as authorities are seeking to determine what caused the explosion at a New Hampshire Ball Bearings Plant. The explosion caused massive damage and sent 15 victims to the hospital, 2 with critical injuries. Witnesses claimed that the explosion felt like an earthquake and ran out of the building to save themselves from the blast that blew out windows a quarter mile away. The plant employs 700 workers in the town of 6,400 resident and was cited in at least two safety complaints with OSHA in the past decade.

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Explosions pose a significant hazard in America's workplace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 4,000 occupational fatalities caused by explosions in 2012. Our Boston workers' compensation attorneys are dedicated to protecting the lives of workers in Massachusetts and nationwide. In addition to raising awareness to prevent future injuries, we are also committed to fighting for the rights of victims who have suffered in work-related accidents. We understand the importance of recovery and will take every step to help you recover the compensation you deserve after an injury or loss of a loved one.

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OSHA Warns Fertilizer Industry Regarding Chemical Safety, Explosion Risks

March 11, 2014

The use of chemicals in the workplace can create hazards, especially for workers who are exposed repeatedly over a long period of time. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created a partnership with the fertilizer industry to promote safety when working with chemicals. OSHA is collaborating with the Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute to connect with thousands of farm retailers, distributors, plants, producers and other facilities that are commonly working with toxic chemicals. The partnership is intended to create awareness to prevent injury and exposure when storing and handling ammonium nitrate.
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Chemical exposure can result in a wide range of serious and fatal injuries. Victims may suffer as a result if inhalation, chemical burn, or in the event of a fire or explosion. Our workers' compensation attorneys in Massachusetts are dedicated to protecting the rights of workers and their families after an accident or injury. Any injury sustained while in the course of performing work-related duties may entitle you and your family to benefits. Our legal team will take the time to review your case, assess your losses, and help recover maximum compensation.

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U.S. Lags in Safety Protections for Temp Workers

March 7, 2014

The temporary workforce is rapidly growing in America, even as permanent jobs remain hard to come by. When the 2007 to 2009 recession ended and the economy began to improve (albeit slowly), there was a dramatic rise in the number of temp workers. In fact, temporary work has been one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. economy. working-late-1207294-m.jpg

Temporary workers should be people who work only for a very limited period of time. Temp workers may have a job that lasts for a limited duration because they are moving onto other things, or because the company wants to test them out in a trial run without taking on the risk of hiring someone full time. Temp workers are usually hired through an agency, which is paid by the employer. The temp workers get few or no workplace benefits and employers don't have to buy workers' compensation insurance or handle payroll taxes. The temp agency is generally supposed to take care of workers' comp insurance and other logistical issues.

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Travelers Insurance Identifies Common Injuries

March 3, 2014

While workplaces contain many potential risks for employees, certain types of accidents repeatedly occur over-and-over across different worksites and different industries. Identifying the top cause of injuries and illnesses is essential to protect employees and reduce lost productivity and financial loss to employers. Recently, Travelers Insurancepublished some information on the top causes of workplace injuries and has provided some tips to employers for making their worksites safer. workman-sign-1003297-m.jpg

Workers who sustain any kind of injury on-the-job can contact a Boston work injury lawyer for help taking action. No matter how careful an employer is, a worker should be entitled to workers compensation benefits if he is hurt on the job.

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Small Business Owners Mention Workplace Safety as a Top Concern

February 27, 2014

Business owners have a lot on their plate as they focus on complying with new laws for employee health benefits and struggle to compete in an economy where growth is still relatively slow. A recent survey, however, shows that for many small businesses, the top concern is not necessarily cyber security or professional liability. Instead, many small business owners say that one of their biggest worries is keeping employees safe on the job. business-man-avatar-vector-1431598-m.jpg

While it's good news that small business owners place a premium on employee safety, the fact is that limited budgets and a lack of widespread OSHA enforcement can make it difficult for workplaces to be as safe as they could be. Even when employers are careful and do everything right, a worker could still be hurt. This is why workers' compensation benefits provide coverage for any on-the-job injury no matter whether any negligence was involved or not. Victims who are hurt because of their work duties can get benefits and a Boston work injury lawyer can help.

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