The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that in the United States, a worker is injured every seven seconds, which translates to 510 an hour, 12,600 per day, 88,500 per week and 4.6 million every year.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has refused to settle nearly 28,000 claims from injured workers 11 years after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled it illegally fired or discriminated against disabled employees, according to ProPublica.
Across the United States every day, thousands upon thousands of workers are in pain owing to aggravated or strained muscles, nerves, discs, tendons, ligaments or blood vessels.
When you think about dangerous situations, you might think about walking alone at night or driving in bad weather. The reality for thousands of Americans is they face danger every single day, simply by going to work.
No one plans to suffer an injury at work, but sometimes accidents happen. Thankfully, New Jersey law requires businesses to offer workers’ compensation insurance to help keep employees financially afloat while they recover.
At first glance, the workers’ compensation process may seem pretty straightforward. As an employee, if you get injured while at work, you know you’re entitled to compensation for your medical bills and time off work. You file a claim, and the rest should be pretty automatic, right?
If you work in a physically demanding industry, a workplace accident can leave you seriously injured. Your employer’s workers’ compensation benefits can cover the cost of medical care and lost wages. But do you have to use the doctor your employer requests?
Worker misclassification has been a growing problem in New Jersey in recent years – especially since the influx of gig economy jobs. More and more members of the workforce are labeled as contractors, even when such workers meet the legal definition of employees.
Are you an employee or a contractor? In many workplaces, the distinction may not seem very obvious. You may do the same work as your colleague, yet your worker classification may be different.
The use of robots is becoming more and more common in many industries. While robots add ease and efficiency to many labor-intensive tasks, they also create additional safety hazards in the workplace.