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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.

What are the signs and symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

The group of muscles and tendons that connect to the bones of the shoulder joint on both the left and right side of the body are known as the rotator cuffs. They allow the shoulders to move and hold the top part of the arm bone to the shoulder blade. The rotator cuff tendons actually go under a bony shoulder area on the way to the arm bone.

OSHA cites another federal organization for safety violations

Sometimes employees in Huron County are subjected to unsafe conditions. They may be exposed to chemical, mechanical or electrical dangers at their worksite without their knowledge. These kinds of dangers may exist simply because the employer doesn't know about them or they may even be the result of employer negligence. Either way, these situations need to be reported immediately to both management and the proper safety organizations when discovered in order correct any problems and protect the safety of every worker at the site.

Dangers of a mine collapse and other risks with mine work

People in Michigan who work in mines understand the possible risks with that kind of job. While the number of times a mine collapse has been prominent in the news is generally low, that doesn't diminish the risk that mine workers face on a daily basis. Although workers are undoubtedly aware of these dangers, those risks can be mitigated by employers taking steps to avoid an unsafe work environment and work accidents. These accidents often happen due to common hazards - many of which are preventable with proper procedures.

Lifting at work, hazardous for Saginaw employees

Bodies break down. No matter how diligent we are about staying in shape and avoiding injuries, eventually our hard work catches up with us. Across the Saginaw area, hardworking Michiganders are realizing the effects of years of lifting heavy objects. From rotator cuff tears to lower back injuries, repetitive motions day after day can add up to a serious injury.

Winter conditions biggest hazard to Michigan workers

According to workers' compensation insurers, slip and fall accidents are the most common source of benefit claims among workers in Midwest states like Michigan. Last year alone, winter related slips and falls accounted for thirty-two percent of claims in Michigan. Among other states like Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota, these accidents doubled from the previous year.

Workplace repetitive motion injuries not unique to Michigan

This blog regularly reports on workplace accidents and workers' compensation issues in Michigan. Michigan, though, is not the only state which must confront issues involving unsafe working environments, repetitive motions injuries, or accidents on the job. It is a national issue that transcends borders and is experienced by every state in the union.

Dropping rates of workplace fatalities in Michigan

Over the last few weeks, this blog has highlighted the decrease in workers' compensation rates across the state of Michigan. This is great news for employers as a mandatory expense of running a business is now lower. While the state hopes the savings result in additional investment and new businesses moving to Michigan, workers hold their breath as they wait to see whether the cuts will affect them when they get injured on the job.

Saginaw worker suffering from torn rotator cuff in a bind

Constructions workers, factory workers and other manual laborers in the Saginaw area bust their humps every day to feed their families and get the job done. Given the stakes, these selfless individuals often ignore bumps and bruises so the show can go on. Rubbing dirt on it, however, is not sustainable for certain injuries.

Saginaw area mental health workers need protection

Many people honor police officers, firefighters and members of the military - and rightfully so -- for putting their lives on the line when they go to work every day. One line of work that many people may not associate with being dangerous, is working in a mental health care facility. Michigan mental health care employees may be exposed to violence in the workforce similar to other risky jobs. Whether a person's job requires repetitive motions that unreasonably strain the body, or an employee is exposed to a dangerous situation, employers must do everything possible ensure workers' safety.

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