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Biggest risks for assembly line workers

There are risks to working at any job, but assembly line workers face continued hardships due to repetitive motions. The risks assembly workers face can have devastating impacts on their work and personal lives. Some of these risks include hand movement deterioration, vision loss, back and joint pain.

What are the difficulties involved in a carpal tunnel claim?

Thousands of workers all across Arizona and the United States experience carpal tunnel syndrome. They complain of similar symptoms of numbness, tingling and weakness. The jobs they perform may be significantly different from one another, but each typically involves repetitive motions of the hands and wrists.

If you are one of these employees, you may see your workers' compensation claim for carpal tunnel syndrome denied, at least initially. This can result in feelings of surprise and frustration. Why can it be difficult to file a claim for carpal tunnel syndrome and receive compensation? 

Workplace fatalities in U.S., Arizona

If you are like many people who work in Arizona, you are deeply disturbed when you reports about a person who has died in a work-related accident. Every industry and job type has specific safety rules to which it is supposed to adhere. These rules are designed to protect employees and ensure they have a safe environment in which to perform their jobs. Unfortunately, too many workers are injured and die on the job every year.

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5,147 workplace fatalities were recorded across the nation in 2017. A staggering 40% of those deaths involved transportation in some fashion, with 2,077 people dying in incidents in which transportation was a factor. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries has tracked 26 continuous years of workplace deaths and in 2017, falls were involved in more of these deaths than in any of those 26 years.

Who covers a work-related car accident?

You have auto insurance to help cover your medical bills and repair costs in the case of a car accident in Phoenix. At the same time, you rely on your employer's workers' compensation coverage to help you pay for expenses associated with a work-related injury. What if the two worlds collide? If you happen to be involved in a car accident while performing a work-related function, which entity would be expected to offer you financial assistance: auto insurance or workers' compensation? 

In most cases, workers' compensation would supersede your auto insurance coverage. This is due to the fact that you were only in the position of being involved in an accident due to the responsibilities of your employment. Indeed, information shared by the Insurance Journal shows that auto accident claims to workers' compensation providers have increased in recent years. While all others claims actually decreased by over 17 percent from 2011-2016, the number of car accident claims grew by five percent during the same time period. 

Basic ladder safety guidelines

People in Arizona might find themselves in need of using a ladder while at work for a variety of situations. While commonly associated with jobs in the construction industry, people in retail, warehouse and even office jobs might need a ladder to help them reach something. It is important for everyone to be well-versed in some of the basic safety guidelines associated with proper ladder use. Employers have the responsibility to ensure these things are communicated and followed.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has specific guidelines in place for any portable ladder. This includes straight, step and extension ladders. One of the first things people should always do is check a ladder before using it to make sure it is in good working condition. Ladders should only be positioned on hard and stable ground, never on other items that help add more height. Locks should always be put in place before stepping on a ladder.

How to recognize compassion fatigue

People involved in certain professions in Arizona, most particularly those related to health care, may be at risk for developing compassion fatigue. According to the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, constant exposure to the suffering of others, combined with the perceived futility of trying to bring about positive change in the world, can lead to both physical and mental negative health effects. 

Those employed in caregiving professions may have a predisposition to compassion fatigue before they even begin working. From an early age, many of them have received instruction from parents, teachers and other authority figures that their own needs should be secondary to the needs of those around them. This combined with a strong identification with the suffering of others can cause them to take on too much responsibility for others and neglect self-care. Compassion fatigue may be the end result. 

Common electrical dangers at work

Arizona employees often have some form of electricity in their workplace, no matter what sort of job they have. With electricity comes plenty of conveniences - and plenty of risks, too. Here are some of the electrical dangers to keep an eye out for in any workplace.

SafetyCulture takes a look at some of the more common safety hazards with electricity. Overloaded circuits, inadequate wiring, and damaged or poorly-maintained tools, equipment, and sources of electricity are all among the top seven in the list. Damaged insulation, exposed electrical parts, and improper grounding are also issues. It could be said that most risks of electrical injury could actually be avoided somewhat easily with the right preventative care and maintenance.

Can knee injuries interrupt your work?

Arizona workers just like you often have physically demanding jobs that can result in injury. For example, injuries to the knee are quite common. Today, Matt Fendon Law Group will examine just how knee injuries can impact your overall life.

When people think of crippling injuries that keep them from their job, they often think of head or back injuries first. While these are certainly problematic, knee injuries can also result in devastating hurdles. Most people don't notice exactly how critical their knees are to overall mobility until something is wrong with them. In addition to being a key point in your stride, thus affecting your walking and running, it also impacts your ability to bend, stand, and balance.

Firefighters risk their lives, cities deny their workers’ comp

When a building erupts into flame, Arizona’s firefighters race to the scene. It’s dangerous work. We all understand the dangers these firefighters face from the heat, smoke and burning frames, but burning buildings also come with other dangers. Burning chemicals can release carcinogenic gases that can lead to cancer.

In 2017, Arizona’s lawmakers passed HB2161 to protect firefighters from the financial burdens caused by the cancers they suffer due to workplace exposure. The law names several forms of cancer that firefighters can say are the result of their jobs. But Arizona Capitol Times reports that some of Arizona’s cities have denied the workers’ comp claims firefighters have made for these cancers.

Is this a tripping hazard?

As someone employed in Arizona, you likely don't think of everyday objects when you think "workplace incident". Most people envision freak occurrences involving heavy machinery, high voltages of electricity, fires, and so on. However, some of the most common hazards are things you likely deal with on the daily.

FindLaw specifically examines the hazards that contribute to slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents happen fairly frequently in most workplaces. While these aren't serious incidents in many cases, they have the potential for causing a lot of bodily harm, especially if you end up landing on a hard surface or falling from a height.

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