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December 2019 Archives

Work fatalities rise, NSC calls on employers to improve safety

Arizona residents should know that there was a 2% rise in work-related fatalities nationwide from 2017 to 2018. The number went from 5,147 to 5,250, according to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS goes on to say that the fatality rate was at a steady 3.5% per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.

What to do when a workers' compensation claim is denied

Most employers in Arizona and throughout the country are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. Workers' compensation benefits help to pay medical bills that a worker incurs after getting hurt on the job. It may also help a worker recoup a portion of his or her lost wages after experiencing an injury. There is a possibility that a workers' compensation will be denied, but injured workers are generally able to appeal that decision to state authorities.

Risks for warehouse workers on the rise

Warehouse workers in Arizona may face serious safety risks on the job, especially as automation becomes a more omnipresent factor. A growing number of workers are employed in the warehouse sector, especially as online sales continue to dominate the retail market. While Amazon is the best-known of the online warehouse giants, many other companies rely on fulfillment centers to package and send out their customers' orders. With swift shipping being a major selling point relied upon by these companies, employees may face greater pressure to work faster, and safety may suffer as a result. While automation is touted as increasing efficiency, safety regulations have largely not caught up to technological developments in the industry.

Amazon's troubled past with injury reporting

Amazon employs thousands of people in Arizona and across the nation. While millions of people rely on Amazon to quickly order the items that they want, the company has had problems with worker safety. According to a recent article, the company reportedly took steps to hide injuries that happened in its warehouses and distribution centers.

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