Electrocution Death and Construction Workers

After analyzing data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Fire Protection Association has determined that a “significant share” of contract worker deaths from electrocution in the four-year period from 2012 to 2016 were construction workers. Contract workers are either employees from an outside entity or self-employed independent contractors. In a report published in […]

Workers’ Compensation for First Responders with PTSD

You may find this shocking but, in most states, firefighters, police officers, EMTs and other first responders who are diagnosed with PTSD are forced to prove that the condition is job-related in order to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits. A few states have changed that, making PTSD a presumptive condition for first responders. That means, if […]

Common Injuries for Steelworkers and Ironworkers

Steelworkers and ironworkers face serious dangers every day. Welding, working with sharp and powerful tools as well as sharp and heavy materials can be dangerous for workers in relatively contained and controlled settings, and many iron and steel workers are also operating in dangerous settings such as working at great heights, near heavy traffic and […]

Trump Administration De-Regulatory Agenda Threatens Worker Safety

When Donald Trump ran for President in 2016, it was as a champion of blue collar, working Americans. It set him apart in the Republican primary, when he successfully out-flanked GOP rivals who ran on the usual Republican supply-side talking points. And that pose – while always of questionable sincerity – worked well enough in […]

Construction Industry Workers are Vulnerable to Asbestos Exposure

Any oncologist can tell you with confidence: the construction industry is plagued is asbestos exposure. Asbestos was used to manufacture construction materials because of its tensile strength and ability to resist heat and insulate electrical surfaces. In fact, asbestos at one point in history was praised for its ability to make buildings safer, which is […]

Chemical Burns Can be Life-Altering

It’s no secret that exposure to some chemicals can be life threatening. Inhaling toxic chemicals harms the lungs and can kill. Chemical burns also can have a long-lasting impact on victims’ lives. However, most people don’t realize that caustic chemicals are more commonplace. Even household cleaners have the potential of causing irreparable skin damage. In […]

Who Chooses the Doctor for Workers’ Compensation Claims?

After a workplace injury occurs, you may have a lot of questions. Do you have access to workers’ compensation? If you do, how do you go about getting treated? And if you get treated, who treats you? The answers to these questions will depend on the state in which you live and the kind of […]

House Republicans Use an Obscure Legislative Tool to Shoot Down Yet Another Obama-era Workplace Regulation

The GOP has recently invoked the power of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) – which has been pretty much dormant since its enactment in 1996 – in order to repeal Obama-era regulations. Before Trump’s inauguration, CRA had been successfully used only once in 2001 when Congress threw out a measure that enforced certain ergonomic rules […]

Make Your Desk a Happy Place

Any place where you spend several hours should be comfortable, inviting and a space that you look forward to entering. Most of us look forward to getting off work each day, but if you’re spending your entire day fantasizing about how to escape your workspace, it’s time to make some changes. Making your desk a […]