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3 common restaurant injuries and how to avoid them

When you hear the term “dangerous workplace,” you might think of a construction site or coal mine. However, the food service industry is not immune to workplace accidents. In fact, there are plenty of hazards that can make a restaurant dangerous or unhealthy.

If you work in a restaurant, you should be aware of potential hazards. Below are the most common restaurant hazards identified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Nurses face a high risk of musculoskeletal disorders

When you hear “dangerous industries,” you may think of mining, construction, manufacturing or a host of other accident prone jobs. However, few people immediately consider nursing.

According to the United States Department of Labor, nurses faced the highest rate of musculoskeletal disorders of any industry (MSDs) in 2010. The incidence rate was 249 per 10,000 employees. In comparison, the rate of MSDs for construction workers was 85 per 10,000 workers. What can nurses do if they are seriously injured on the job?

Louisiana legislature takes steps to curb opioid abuse

One of the sadder stories in recent years has been the opioid epidemic in the United States. It’s been an issue of great importance in state legislatures across the country, and it’s something President Trump has spoken about frequently.

One idea being used to help reduce opioid abuse is reducing the number of opioid prescriptions filled for workers’ compensation claims. A study conducted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) examined the trends of long-term opioid use in workers’ compensation claims.

The most dangerous jobs in America

Depending on what line of work you are in, you may face grave dangers every time you clock in. You may spend most of your day traveling in a large commercial truck or in areas where electrocution, exposure to chemicals or slipping and falling are dangers you face on a regular basis. Many occupations common throughout the United States involve some level of risk, but workers in certain industries face far more dangers in a typical workday than those in others.

Tips on how to safely operate a forklift

Forklifts are large, heavy and dangerous pieces of equipment that are used to lift, carry or stack materials. Many injuries occur when a person on foot is struck or run over by a forklift, especially when the equipment is going in reverse, because the victim was not seen by the driver. Accidents can be prevented through proper training and vigilant attention to safety measures.

Are you suffering from PTSD in the workplace?

In a perfect world, you would go to work, fulfill duties that satisfy you and return home at night to your family. Unfortunately, life does not always work that way, and other individuals may get in the way of your happiness, even on the job. In today's world, where workplace shootings are becoming more common and accidents on the work site can be particularly traumatic, it's important that you know when you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from something you've seen or experienced at work.

PTSD is a condition that affects individuals who have been through some type of trauma. A stimuli may remind you of the event and trap your mind in it. PTSD is common in war vets, victims of abuse and anyone who has witnessed a violent crime. If you fear you are suffering from PTSD after a violent incident in the workplace, watch for the following symptoms.

Who will cover a car crash on the job?

It seems like half the cars on the road have an emblem on their door or a decal on the window that's advertising a business. With so many company cars in constant motion, who picks up the tab when they end up in a fender bender?

What if I'm in an accident while at work?

Workers' compensation will cover a car crash, provided it meets the right criteria. Whether you're a delivery driver with a hot pizza, a courier with a time sensitive package or if you're running to Staples to pick up some emergency printer ink, if it was an on the job task it's worker's compensation. You don't have to be a driver by trade, just driving or even riding in a vehicle for work-related purposes. This includes transportation to and from "on the clock" functions such as a company picnic that takes place during your usual workday but outside of the office.

Are employers focusing enough on workplace safety?

We all trust our employers to provide us with a safe working environment. We have confidence in them to make sure that they have taken the appropriate steps to reduce the dangers that we may encounter. Workers in some industries may experience more opportunities for injuries in workplace accidents, and it is important to understand exactly what sort of things are being done to eliminate these accidents.

This posting discusses a recent survey on workplace safety that was conducted by the National Safety Council (NSC.) The NSC asked workers in many different industries about their opinions on workplace safety, and this led to some surprising results.

Workers face several challenges while on-the-job

No matter where you work in Southern Louisiana, there are dangers on the job. Work-related accidents can happen at any time no matter how careful you and your employer try to be. Some of the most common hazards are the ones you don't think about such as working in confined spaces, clutter in common areas and trips-and-falls over extension cords. Workers who are injured in these accidents may be eligible to file for workers' compensation benefits

Tips for healthcare workers to avoid on-the-job injuries

The healthcare field is one in which many professionals take risks each day. By the very nature of their occupation, many healthcare workers are exposed to all sorts of potential dangers that can lead to both temporary and life-long problems. Injuries on the job are more common than many healthcare workers realize.


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