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Dealing with a workplace injury demands personal attention

Although companies generally strive to maintain a safe and productive working environment, the sad reality is that not all workplaces are safe and sometimes accidents do happen. Workplace injuries can be serious to an employee, often preventing him or her from working, and leading to costly and timely medical expenses and rehabilitation.

When a workplace injury occurs, whether it is an industrial accident, such as a factory explosion, manufacturing accident or even carpal tunnel from working in the office, injuries of all types can lead to significant pain and disabilities for the victim.

Determining liability in a construction accident

By both federal and state law, employers must make every effort to maintain a safe working environment for its employees. But some working conditions and environments, such as construction sites, are inevitably more hazardous than others and, as the saying goes, accidents happen. But some accidents are preventable, and often neglect or oversights by various or multiple parties led to conditions where an accident is more likely to occur. For workers who have been injured in a construction accident, where does liability fall?

Every situation is different, but often there are multiple parties who may be responsible and liable for a workplace construction accident. These could include the landowner;, the engineers and designers of the construction site;, contractors who are involved in the construction including the general contractor, prime contractor and sub contractors; construction managers and even suppliers of the supplies and equipment used on the site.

Steps to employ when lifting a heavy object on the job

Lifting an oversized or heavy object occurs every day on most Michigan work sites. And, far too many times, workers injure themselves while performing this task. Proper lifting techniques can help prevent a work accident, but unfortunately, too many workers still do not practice the proper way to lift or have not been given the proper lifting instructions. So here are some basic steps to take when lifting on the job.

The first step to take before lifting an object is to think about the task at hand. The worker should inspect the object to be lifted and check for any sharp edges or corners that could prove dangerous. It's also important for a worker to know their own limitations when it comes to lifting. They should always ask for help if necessary.

Two Michigan workers killed on the job during November

Despite worker education, improved safety equipment and the use of proper safety techniques on the job, workers still are at risk for injuries and serious accidents at work sites every day throughout the state. Now, a news release from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has indicated two additional workers were killed during the month of November here in Michigan.

MIOSHA has announced that the 26th and 27th worker deaths occurred on job sites last month. Both deaths occurred during the first two weeks of November. The first incident took place while a worker was digging at an unidentified excavation site. The 47-year-old man was working in a trench that was about six and a half feet deep when the sides of the excavation caved in and crushed him. The man was pulled from the trench and taken to a hospital where he died.

Equipment types and movements that can cause an amputation

An amputation can be traumatic. Recovering from this type of injury is a daunting challenge for anyone and can involve relearning basic skills such as walking and writing. The risk of an amputation can occur in many different industries; however there are some kinds of equipment and kinds of machine motions that can present a more dangerous amputation hazard than others. So here are specific types of tools and motions to be aware of.

Amputations can occur when workers perform their daily work tasks with tools that don't have the proper types of safeguards. Tools that can be especially dangerous include power presses, conveyers, printing presses, food slicers and milling machines. Items such as trash compactors and power tools can also present a real challenge.

What 3 steps can help prevent falls at Michigan job sites?

Preventing all types of accidents on the job site should be the concern of every Michigan employer and employee. But reducing serious accidents and fatalities caused by falls is also paramount because this type of accident is preventable. But what steps can workers and employers take to help reduce the number of falls at Michigan job sites?

According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the first step in this process is to plan. Employers need to plan each job that requires working from scaffolding, roofs and ladders. They need to decide what is the safest way to complete the work as well as what safety equipment is needed and what are the necessary steps for the work. Employers should also be sure to add in the cost of the proper safety equipment when estimating job costs.

Workers continue to suffer from fatal workplace injuries

Michigan workers hear about workers' injuries and fatal work injuries far too often. But it can be even more sobering for an employee when it's revealed exactly how many workers in the nation have died from a workplace injury.

The US Department of Labor Statistics has published the revised number of workers in the nation who have died after receiving a fatal workplace injury. They reveal that in 2013, 4,585 workers died, which is up from the preliminary number of 4,405. While this number is higher than initially reported, it was the second lowest number of worker deaths since the survey was first taken 23 years ago.

MIOSHA begins local program to reduce workplace injuries

Michigan workers know that job sites need to be safe in order to be productive. Government officials know this too, and recently Michigan's branch of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration announced a new program designed to enhance worker safety.

Last month, MIOSHA launched a new program that will attempt to improve worker safety and health. The Local Emphasis Program is focused on specific sectors of the construction industry, namely the structural steel, siding and pre-cast concrete areas. The program was devised after a 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis of non-fatal on-the-job injuries revealed that there was a significant rise in worker injuries in this sector.

Preventing burn injuries while on the job

The use and application of heat, or producing products through the use of heat, is very common in today's industries. From food services to metal fabrication, heat and hot substances and surfaces can be found on just about every job site. And that means that workers are susceptible to burns or other types of heat-related injuries. With that in mind, here are some basic tips for preventing burn injuries while on the job.

One of the first steps to preventing burns is for management to make sure that workers are aware of the burn hazards that exist on the job site. It is also important that a comprehensive safety training program exists in order to adequately prepare employees to work in areas where there are burn hazards. Proper warning labels must be displayed in areas where hazards exist, and these labels should include pictures or drawings about the hazards that are easy to understand.

Injured workers need to be able to rely on workers' compensation

People throughout Michigan go to work on a daily basis in order to provide for their families. When people are at work, they expect to do the job that they have been assigned. In return, people know that they will get their paycheck. However, for many Michigan residents their workplace presents a variety of risks and challenges. In some situations, people put their lives on the line in order to do their job.

Safety regulations are often in place to help these workers avoid serious accidents and injuries. No matter how many safety precautions are taken, workplace accidents still occur throughout Michigan. Each year thousands of people suffered from injuries that occur at work. These people need to be able to rely on worker's compensation benefits.

From offices in Saginaw, Michigan, Burns Law provides legal services for clients in Saginaw County, Isabella County, Bay County, Tuscola County, Huron County, Genesee County, Shiawassee County and the surrounding areas, including communities such as Flint, Grand Rapids, Bay City, Midland, Mount Pleasant, Lansing, Cadillac, Kentwood, Forest Hills and Ionia.