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Study: Working conditions play crucial role in workers' health

A new study says the terms and conditions of a person's employment and how they are treated are just as vital to their overall health as workplace hazards that can cause injuries. The University of Washington study concludes that not only the type of work we do but how it is done is crucial to our well-being.

The survey looked at 6,000 adults from 2002 to 2014 to measure how mental health, self-reported health issues and occupational injuries contribute to a worker's employment quality. The study notes how the nature of employment is changing due to technology and other forces.

This is how an office job can be hazardous to your health

Labor-intensive jobs like construction, agriculture and manufacturing often pose high health and safety risks. Even a day-to-day task can lead to an accident that results in serious injury. In contrast, the quiet environment of an office space usually doesn't garner too much attention in terms of workplace accidents. But sitting at a desk all day can still put you at risk of injury.

Presumptive PTSD now law for many Louisiana first responders

As of August 2019, Louisiana's first responders will now normally get workers' compensation coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder. They're no longer expected to have to fight insurance companies to get the condition acknowledged as a work-related condition, a task that previously would have been nearly impossible.

In recent years, suicide and divorce rates have been significantly higher for first responders than for most other professionals. This change in Louisiana law will hopefully improve the health and wellbeing of the state's first responders overall.

4 Factors that make construction sites dangerous

It's no question that working in construction can be dangerous. Heavy equipment, extreme heights and explosive materials make crush, fall and burn injuries a common occurrence. But there are other factors that can make construction sites just as dangerous as any heavy piece of equipment.

Causes of repetitive strain injuries in the workplace

When you think of a workplace injury, you may first imagine an accident with immediate consequence. For example, slipping and falling can cause you to immediately break a bone or suffer a concussion. However, not all occupational injuries happen this way. Some develop over time and can sneak up on you. 

Repetitive strain injuries occur as a result of repeating motions. These motions can place stress on your tendons, ligaments, nerves, joints and muscles. Understanding the causes of these injuries can help you prevent them. Additionally, you can recognize them more easily and seek compensation as soon as possible. 

Top 4 reasons ladder accidents occur

When you go to work, you assume you will arrive back home safely at the end of the day. If your job duties require you to regularly or occasionally work on a ladder, though, you may be in for a surprise. That is, you may sustain a serious injury (or worse) when working from a ladder. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, around 500,000 individuals injure themselves when working with ladders. Even worse, roughly 300 individuals die in accidents involving a ladder. If you want to stay safe on the job, you should understand why ladder accidents tend to occur. Here are four common reasons: 

The number one cause of workplace deaths

Some occupations are much more dangerous than others. Construction workers, loggers, fishers, firefighters and more constantly put their lives on the line. While these jobs come with a high risk of accident, injury and fatality, the hazards workers face tend to be specific to the profession.

When it comes to all industries, the leading cause of death in the workplace is actually motor vehicle crashes, reveals the National Safety Council. Training in defensive driving is key in reducing fatalities.

Key facts about repetitive stress injuries

Consistently repeating the same actions at work can take a toll on your body. Though it is a condition that develops over time from regular work activities, it may still be possible to seek and receive workers' compensation in such cases.

To have a successful claim, it is important to fully understand what it is you seek. In particular, you should know a few facts about the condition itself. 

Can vision problems qualify for workers' comp?

Workers' compensation laws can be tricky to pin down. There are drastically different laws in Louisiana concerning workers' comp depending on whether you are an actual employee or an independent contractor. 

The law also becomes murky when trying to determine whether an injury occurred at work. Many people have jobs that put them at risk of vision issues. Eye problems can severely impact a person's life, and if it occurred at work, then that person should pursue compensation

Workers' comp for carpal tunnel

Louisiana actually has one of the lowest rates of worker injury in the country. However, the state spends more than many other states when compensating employees for injuries that do occur. Louisiana has an outdated fee schedule and expensive medical treatments that increase the overall costs of workers' compensation

Numerous workplace injuries still occur in the state every year, but many people develop injuries without ever telling their employers. Carpal tunnel develops over time due to repetitive motions in the wrists and hands. A lot of people assume it is a normal occurrence after working for a certain number of years, but the truth is that you can get workers' comp for this injury. You should consult with an attorney to see if your symptoms could qualify you for a claim. 

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