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Arizona firefighters with cancer may soon get help

Arizona lawmakers are working to get firefighters help with their workers' compensation claims for cancer that developed due to their jobs. A 2017 law contained a loophole that has allowed cities across the state to deny firefighters workers' compensation for cancer treatment. The law was originally designed to help firefighters.

Workplace safety concerns for craft breweries

The craft beer industry has become more popular in Florida and around the country as more people explore unique products . However, just because the industry can be an alternative to large multinationals does not mean that the breweries involved do not also face serious workplace safety concerns. There are several common violations of federal workplace safety standards that can frequently be found at craft breweries, and workers can face serious accidents as a result.

Roof work hazards to watch out for

Many people in Arizona have jobs that require them to work on the high building rooftops. Working on a roof has many hazards, which is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has specific rules for roof workers that employers must follow. Workers can also mitigate the risks by learning about basic roof safety before starting their jobs.

Study shows common workplace injuries

Workers in the retail industry miss 24 days of work each year on average due to injuries, according to a claims data analysis performed by insurance holding company Amtrust Financial Services. The company looked at workers' compensation claims from more than 20,000 incidents that occurred between 2016 and 2018. Injured workers in Arizona may be entitled to funds from the state's workers' compensation system. The AmTrust Retail Risk Report identified the types of injuries that were most likely to result in lost time at work.

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.

Lawmakers take action to curb health care worker assaults

Arizona residents might be shocked to learn that about one in two workplace assault victims is employed in the health care sector. According to figures from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, doctors, nurses and other health care workers are four times more likely to be the victim of a violent workplace assault than those employed in other fields. The dangers of administering medical care have alarmed experts for years, and they recently attracted the attention of lawmakers.

OSHA: computer-based employee training not enough

Employers in Arizona are encouraged to review the OSHA standards when it comes to training employees. The reason is that OSHA recently had to reinforce the training requirement in its fullness. Training must end in mastery of the training material, and in light of this, to have employees undergo computer-based training is simply not enough.

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