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How the Opioid Epidemic Impacts Injured Workers

Employees who work in industries like construction and mining are often exposed to a range of workplace hazards that can cause serious injuries. Depending on the nature of the injury, the worker may suffer from varying degrees of pain. To help alleviate that pain, the worker’s healthcare provider may write a prescription for an opioid » Read More

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Its Impact on Female Workers

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common workplace injury that affects thousands of workers each year. While it may not be a life-threatening condition, it can cause numbness, weakness, tingling, and pain in the hand, making it difficult to carry out certain tasks. A recent study found that the majority of workers who suffer from » Read More

Fatigue in the Workplace

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) recently released a study, which found that a significant percentage of manufacturing workers in the United States experience workplace fatigue. From physical fatigue caused by prolonged periods of heavy lifting, to mental fatigue resulting from long periods of mental stress, anxiety, or repetitive tasks, these increase the risk » Read More

Vocational Rehabilitation for Injured Workers  

When an employee is injured, or suffers from a work-related illness, Workers’ Compensation covers the cost of medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with the injury. If the injury or illness prevents the worker from being able to return to his or her job in the same capacity, vocational rehabilitation is another Workers’ » Read More

Protecting Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

Construction workers and other employees in the industry are exposed to a wide range of workplace hazards every day. From slip and fall accidents and electrocutions to collapsing trenches and exposure to asbestos, these are just a few of the common hazards that can cause a range of illness and injuries to hard working employees. » Read More

Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are among the most common types of workplace injuries in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Department of Labor, an MSD is an injury or disease that affects the musculoskeletal system or the connective tissue, including the muscles, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs. A work-related » Read More

Workers’ Compensation Plans that Appeal to Millennial Employees

In order to attract the best, most qualified workers, many companies are offering a range of benefits and amenities that appeal to the millennial population, including open floor plans and more flexible work schedules. As the workplace demographics continue to change and millennials make up a greater percentage of the workforce, employers will also need » Read More

Safety Hazards of Robots in the Workplace

The robots that are used in factories, warehouses, and other work environments in the United States bear little resemblance to the robots that are depicted in science fiction movies and novels. While industrial robots have been used for decades to carry out tasks that are generally unappealing or particularly hazardous to humans, recent advances in » Read More

Kitchen and Restaurant Worker Hand Injuries

Whether you are a trained chef or a cook at a local diner, one of the most important tools you have are your hands. From chopping and sautéing to kneading and mixing, you need the use of your hands, even if you are using other instruments like knives, spatulas, and mixers. The kitchen is chock » Read More

Infectious Pathogens Can Spread from Contaminated Textiles

Most hospitals in the United States are vigilant about preventing the spread of infections, particularly those that are resistant to antibiotics. In order to prevent the transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms like Clostridium difficile or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), hospital staff tend to focus on cleaning and disinfecting non-porous or high-touch surfaces like sinks, counters, bed » Read More