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How are Transit Workers Staying Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

When it comes to essential workers, the first employees that people tend to think of are health care workers, emergency responders, social workers, and infection control professionals. However, people often forget that transit workers such as bus operators, train conductors, and transit maintenance workers are on the front lines every day, making sure that buses, » Read More

How can My Employer Provide a Safe Workplace During Hurricane Season?

Hurricanes and other natural disasters have caused devastating property damage, severe injuries, and fatalities in the United States, particularly in recent years when the intensity of the storms has been steadily increasing as a result of growing concerns over climate change. Although these storms cannot be prevented, the National Hurricane Center studies and tracks these » Read More

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