What is asbestos and why is it a danger in Michigan workplaces?

Workers across the state of Michigan and in various industries including construction and automobile repair may at some time in their careers encounter asbestos. What is asbestos, and why is it dangerous? Essentially, asbestos is a group of minerals that were widely used in years past because they were resistant to both corrosion and hot temperatures. Asbestos was used as a building material, in flooringContinue reading

Congress struggles to save the Social Security Disability Program

Michigan workers know that they can count on the federal government’s Social Security Disability program to help them pay for medical expenses if they are suffering from a workplace accident. However, recent testimony by Social Security Administration personnel indicates that the disability program is in a serious financial crisis that may affect everyone who is receiving benefits. Founded in 1956, the SSDI program was signedContinue reading

Saginaw construction worker killed in construction accident

Workers and families harmed by a construction accident are protected through workers’ compensation and the legal system. Sadly, a construction accident in the Saginaw area recently killed a construction worker. A 40-year old Saginaw man was killed on a local college campus construction project. According to an investigation, one construction worker was operating an excavator to dump stone into a ditch when the excavator slidContinue reading

Tips to prevent soft tissue injuries at Michigan worksites

Soft tissue injuries are injuries to the muscles, discs, tendons, ligaments, nerves and cartilage in the body. They can include back injuries such as a herniated disc and low back strain and upper body injuries such as rotator cuff damage. Soft tissue injuries are a common occurrence at many Michigan worksites and can cause significant pain and disability. The National Institute for Occupational Safety andContinue reading