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Which Long-Term Disability Claims Increased Over the Past Decade?

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), also known as repetitive motion injuries, are injuries that affect the musculoskeletal system, including the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, disks, and blood vessels. MSDs are responsible for close to 30 percent of all Workers’ Compensation costs in the United States. According to a recent survey conducted by Unum, an insurance company that » Read More

What Industries Present the Greatest Fall Hazards?  

Fall-related accidents are one of the most common causes of workplace injuries in the United States. In fact, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), falls are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death. Although falls from elevated surfaces, such as rooftops, scaffolding, and ladders, often cause serious injuries, a worker does not necessarily » Read More

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Physical Therapy Costs?

Workplace injuries can happen whether someone works at a busy construction site or an office environment. Although a construction worker is more likely to suffer from musculoskeletal or head injuries from being struck by a heavy object, an office worker may be more prone to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or muscle strains from ergonomically incorrect workstations. » Read More

How Does the Safe and Sound Campaign Improve Workplace Safety?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of workplace injuries and fatalities has decreased by over 60 percent in the United States since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed in 1970. Despite the improvements in workplace safety, over 5,000 employees are fatally injured each year at work. An additional 3.6 » Read More

How are Nurses Coping with Insufficient Resources During the Pandemic?

In hospitals across the country, nurses and other health care professionals have been working around the clock to care for patients who tested positive for COVID-19. In areas that have been particularly affected, emergency rooms are at capacity, which means that nurses are often physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted from treating patients. To make matters » Read More

Is it Safe to Travel for Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the health and safety of people around the world, it is also having a major impact on the American economy. For employees who are lucky enough to still have a job, many are working from home until it is safe for offices to reopen. However, » Read More

Can Heavy Lifting Result in a Detached Retina?

Musculoskeletal injuries, such as strains and sprains to the lower back, shoulders, and upper limbs, are common in workers who lift heavy objects on a regular basis. However, lifting, pushing, or pulling heavy objects can also result in detached retinas and cause other types of eye damage. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health » Read More

Importance of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness in the Workplace

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health condition that affects approximately eight million people in the United States, including first-responders, military personnel, health care professionals, and firefighters. When a worker experiences or witnesses a traumatic event, the shock of the trauma can cause debilitating symptoms after the event. If left untreated, the symptoms » Read More

Trench Safety Stand Down Week

In an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of trenching and excavation, and encourage the use of potentially life-saving protective systems, such as sloping, shoring, and shielding, the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) is partnering with the North American Excavation Shoring Association (NAXSA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to urge employers » Read More

What Do I Need to Know About Hearing Loss in the Workplace?

Hearing loss is one of the most common and preventable occupational illnesses in this country and around the world. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 20,000 cases of workplace hearing loss every year in the United States. Many of these cases result in permanent hearing loss. Unsafe work » Read More