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March 2016 Archives

OSHA focusing on severe workplace injuries

Although some industries are known for the dangers that their jobs pose to their workers, the workplace conditions in any industry could pose health and safety risks to employees if safety standards are not met in the workplace. While it has been reported that workplaces across the nation have become safer, a recent report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, suggests that workers are still seriously injured on the job. According to this report, in 2015 there were 10,388 severe workplace injuries that were directly related to the workplace conditions. Furthermore, it was reported that these serious injuries led to 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations.

What is a reasonable accommodation?

The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that safeguards Americans with disabilities against discrimination, including discrimination in the workplace. Under the ADA, employers cannot refuse to hire or promote, or fire or demote an employee with a disability, actual or perceived. In addition, employers must make reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities.

March is brain injury awareness month

As a previous post highlighted, a traumatic brain injury, or a TBI, could cause an accident victim to endure long-term medical care, incurring future medical costs. A head trauma could greatly impact an individual's well-being and health. The month of March is brain injury awareness month, which helps promotes the seriousness of this type of injury, the treatment options and prevention methods.

Can a head injury lead to future medical issues?

A serious blow to the head during a car accident is likely to result in a severe traumatic brain injury, or TBI, which is a brain injury that could still be present even if an accident victim is not bleeding or did not lose consciousness. Moreover, a brain injury is likely to cause issues over time, causing the injured victim to develop more symptoms as times passes. It is important to be aware of the short-term and long-term issues associated with a head trauma.

Protecting the rights of injured workers in West Virginia

As a previous post discussed, construction sites are one of the most dangerous work environments, resulting in the most fatalities and Occupational Health and Safety Administration violations. While construction sites might cause a significant amount of serious and fatal work incidents, an unsafe work environment could be the cause of a workplace accident in any industry.

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