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Temporary construction equipment can cause permanent injuries

Working on a construction site exposes people to a host of potential threats to their safety. And while there are numerous safety measures people can take to prevent injuries in work zones, accidents can and do happen.

In some cases, the accidents stem from temporary equipment that is necessary to a job. However, while the equipment may be temporary, it can leave construction workers with permanent, catastrophic injuries

Could banning paper receipts improve worker safety?

When people think about toxic chemicals and exposure risks on the job, they often think of industrial or constructions jobs where people come into contact with known hazardous materials like asbestos.

However, working in retail as a cashier could also pose a threat to worker safety. This is because handling paper receipts can increase a person's exposure to chemicals that may cause serious illnesses, including cancer. As such, there is now greater push than ever to ban paper receipts.

4 common workplace accidents every worker should watch out for

Suffering an injury at work may not be something you worry about on a regular basis. You might instead be focused on meeting deadlines, performing your job properly and doing what you need to do get home at the end of the day.

However, every job comes with risks to workers' safety. And these risks have the potential to cause severe injuries and illnesses that threaten a person's health and livelihood. While you may not stop and think about these hazards every day, it can be wise to at least know what the most common workplace accidents are so you can hopefully avoid one.

Avoiding accidents this winter if you work in snow removal

New Jersey residents are no strangers to the cold and snow that comes with winter. However, that familiarity doesn't necessarily make it easy to get around and complete certain tasks this time of year.

These conditions can cause serious accidents, especially if you work in or depend on snow removal.

Truckers continue to face high risk of workplace accidents

Jobs in the transportation industry are not easy. There are strict schedules, demanding routes and a physical toll that the occupation takes on workers. Truck drivers are especially familiar with these challenges. And unfortunately, these are not the worst risks truckers face. According to statistics, last year, truck drivers accounted for nearly 80 percent of fatalities among motor vehicle operators killed while working.

Sadly, there is no quick fix for this serious problem, as several factors put truckers at an increased risk of occupational accidents and injuries. 

These jobs can be especially high-risk

Every job has its own upsides and downsides. For some professions, the downsides include particularly high safety risks.

What jobs are the riskiest here in the U.S.? A recent analysis by 24/7 Wall St. looked into this. The analysis reviewed federal workplace fatality data covering 72 occupations for the year 2017. From this data, a list was compiled of the jobs with the highest fatality rates.

Who qualifies for permanent disability benefits?

We have discussed the timeline for temporary disability benefits, but some injuries are so severe that they make it impossible for you to continue working for the rest of your life. Temporary benefits don’t help when you will never reach maximum medical improvement (MMI) for your condition.

What does a worker’s future look like when they can’t earn wages? For these employees, permanent disability benefits are necessary. Who qualifies for permanent disability typically depends on the type of injury, which determines whether those benefits can be partial or total disability.

Employees benefit from training to prevent workplace accidents

No worker wants to get hurt or sick while doing their job. Illness or injury can mean employees must miss work and suffer from painful conditions that require medical treatment. It can be uncomfortable, stressful and frustrating.

Therefore, minimizing the scenarios and conditions that can cause an accident or exposure to hazardous conditions will be crucial. One way employers can do this, according to an article from Occupational Health & Safety, is to properly train workers to identify and respond to emergency situations.

New Jersey suing opioid manufacturer for workers’ comp costs

The opioid epidemic is a serious national crisis affecting millions of Americans each day. New Jersey has already lost over 2,600 residents to opioid overdoses this year. The Attorney General in New Jersey is now fighting back.

The New Jersey Attorney General filed a lawsuit last week against a Johnson and Johnson subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. The lawsuit claims Janssen engaged in deceptive and misleading advertising of two of its opioid products: Nucynta and Nucynta ER.

How long do temporary disability benefits for work injuries last?

If you suffer an illness or injury on the job, you can be eligible to receive financial support if your condition means you cannot work. If your condition causes you to miss at least seven days of work but you are expected to recover from an illness or injury, you may collect temporary total disability (TTD) benefits

TTD benefits cover 70 percent of a person's average weekly wages, though there are minimum and maximum amounts that apply. In 2018, those amounts are $241 per week and $903 per week, respectively. Benefits should last until one of the following three events.

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