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Understanding and preventing overexertion

Overexertion refers to injuries of soft tissues that result from pushing the body past its limits. This may happen acutely, as when a laborer in Arizona attempts to lift a load that is too heavy and pulls a muscle. It can also occur over time, as when an office worker irritates the tendons of the upper extremities with awkward work positions and/or repetitive motions. Overexertion injuries are not always work-related, but according to the National Safety Council, 35% of all work-related injuries stem from overexertion. 

Workers in all types of industries may be prone to overexertion. Statistics for 2014 show that overexertion injuries had the biggest impact on workers in the fields of government, education and health services. Manufacturing, retail trade, transportation and warehousing also saw fairly significant numbers of overexertion. 

Types of workers' compensation benefits

Most people who are employed in Arizona are covered by a special type of insurance in the event that they ever become injured or ill due to an event or environment related to their jobs. Not everyone, however, really understands what types of things are covered by workers' compensation or what types of benefits they may be eligible for. This can be important as a person never knows when they could find themselves in need of these services.

As explained by the Industrial Commission of Arizona, some people only need to request that workers' compensation pay for medical care to address their work-related injury or illness. This coverage pays for visits to doctors and other health care providers as well as supplies like casts, wheelchairs and more. For people who are unable to work for at least seven days due to their illness or injury, workers' compensation offers what is called a time lost benefit.

What you can do to prevent heatstroke at work

People who perform outdoor jobs in Arizona and similarly hot climates are at increased risk for heat-related illnesses such as heatstroke. As we at the Matt Fendon Law Group have observed in the past, there are currently no federal guidelines in place delineating employers' responsibilities to workers at risk for heat exposure. However, with the recent introduction of legislation by a U.S. congressional member, this could change in the future. 

In the meantime, however, it is primarily your own responsibility to protect yourself from heatstroke. The Mayo Clinic describes several steps you can take that can help. 

New bill seeks to enact heat exposure standards

People who live in Arizona know that they face some of the nation's hottest temperatures during the summer months. With multiple days in a row commonly seeing temperatures above 100 degrees, anyone who works in a job that requires them to be outside can be at risk of developing a heat-related illness. Sadly, there are to date no federal guidelines pertaining to heat exposure in the workplace.

A U.S. Congressional Representative has introduced a new piece of legislation designed to tackle this issue. As reported by AZCentral, the bill is called the Asuncion Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act. It is named after a man who died unnecessarily in New Mexico 15 years ago after suffering a stroke due to excessive heat exposure while at work.

How does workers' compensation pay for missed work?

If you are ever hurt in an accident at work or develop an illness due to the environment or some other factor at your place of work, you will want to understand how Arizona's workers' compensation program operates. Most people know that there is a program designed to provide financial assistance to people who might miss work due to an injury but they do not fully understand the nuances of how these benefits are allocated.

As explained by the Industrial Commission of Arizona, some people only qualify for workers' compensation benefits that pay their medical expenses. This may be due to the fact that they are not forced to lose time away from work or because they are unable to work for only a few days.

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.

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