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Seeking to educate the public about safety in the workplace, the 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), in conjunction with sister organizations in Canada and Mexico, is presenting its annual North American Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week.
The annual event has been held the first week of May since the year 2002. That’s when ASSE and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) teamed up to raise awareness about occupational safety, health and the environment.
Since that time, ASSE and CSSE have partnered with thousands of businesses and with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to promote NAOSH Week throughout North America. ASSE states that the concept behind NAOSH Week is simple yet ambitious: to drive down the number of people who are killed each year from on-the-job accidents to 0.
In 2009, more than 4,000 people never made it home from work.
The workplace accident attorneys at Farah & Farah in Orange Park have seen first-hand the devastating consequences of preventable workplace injuries and deaths caused by on-the job accidents. That’s why we are prepared to fight for our clients to see that they are fairly compensated and get the benefits they deserve.
The theme for NAOSH 2013 is “Worker Safety Works For Everyone.” In a statement on its website, ASSE emphasizes that workplace safety not only provides positive benefits for workers, but benefits families, friends, businesses and the local and global community as well.
The law firm of Farah & Farah is still firmly committed to helping people who have been injured on the job or assisting the families of those who have died in workplace accidents. Whether it is assisting clients with questions concerning workers’ compensation or filing a workplace accident wrongful death lawsuit, our legal team will always have your best interests at heart. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (800) 533-3555 for a free and confidential review of your case.
A lighting technician at the Maltz Theatre in Jupiter was injured after he fell eight to 10 feet from a ladder and onto a platform after a performance of Amadeus.
A spokeswoman for the theatre said that the play had ended and most of the audience had left the theatre when the workplace injury accident happened. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews were called to the scene and crewmembers helped them remove the injured employee. He was rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.
The theatre spokeswoman said the employee is recuperating and is expected to make a full recovery.
Falls from Ladders
According to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statistics, nearly 500,000 people are injured each year while using ladders. About 20 percent require treatment at emergency rooms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that fall incidents in the work environment account for some $70 billion annually in workers’ compensation and medical costs.
Experts say that factors that contribute to falls from ladders may include overreaching, overbalancing, slipping on rungs, defective equipment, or using the wrong ladder for the job. Injuries from ladder falls can include fractures and traumatic brain injuries.
We Can Help
If you’ve been injured on the job and can’t return to work right away, you may find yourself faced with no income and no way to make ends meet. Workers’ compensation should cover your medical costs and lost wages, but an employer’s insurance company can deny your workers’ compensation claim and you may find yourself standing alone against powerful forces keeping you from your rightful benefits.
That’s why it’s important to consult with the legal team at Farah & Farah. We are still dedicated to fighting for you to assure that you receive your rightful benefits. If you have any questions regarding your claim, we are a free phone call away at (800) 533-3555.
School is out and the market is inundated with teens looking for summer jobs. Most are happy just to have a job to earn extra income, but the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has found that teens, as well as their parents, tend not to ask about work safety issues, such as what personal protection gear is needed or possible workplace hazards.
They really should.
A study conducted by the University of North Carolina (UNC) found that on average, 38 workers under the age of 18 die from work-related injuries every year and an estimated 146,000 experience nonfatal injuries or illnesses.
The risks teens face at work include hot cooking equipment, slippery floors, heavy lifting, working alone, and loud noises. ASSE underlines that teens face many of the same hazards at work that adults do, but lack work experience, which puts them at a higher risk of being injured on the job.
ASSE also emphasizes that parents should be more involved with making their teens aware of workplace hazards. They point out that while the UNC study found 90 percent of parents helped their teens find a job and 86 percent helped them fill out applications, only 49 percent helped their teens ask questions about workplace safety and a mere 36 percent helped their child learn about youth work restrictions.
According to ASSE, when parents aren’t involved, they are missing a golden opportunity to teach their kids how to deal with real-world workforce safety issues.
The workers’ compensation attorneys in Orlando at Farah & Farah believe that it is never too early to teach kids how to ask questions about job safety and to avoid workplace injuries. If your teen has been injured on the job due to an employer’s negligence, we can help. Call us at (800) 533-3555 for a free and confidential consultation.
Summer is on its way — and with it comes the heat. Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments are at greater risk of injury and illness due to heat stress. Heat stress can manifest itself in the form of heat stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat rashes. Extreme heat can also increase the risk of injury on the job: sweaty palms, fogged-up safety goggles, and dizziness can all contribute to workplace accidents in Florida.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) emphasizes that employers need to protect their workers from exposure to high heat, sun exposure and high humidity. It emphasizes that most heat-related problems can be prevented, or the risk associated with extreme heat can be reduced.
OSHA states that there are several steps an employer should take to make the workplace safer in the heat. They include:
- Understanding the symptoms of heat-illness and monitoring employees for signs of it. Employers should have an emergency plan in place to deal with an employee who has been stricken with heat-illness.
- Gradually building up to heavy work and allowing more frequent breaks.
- Reducing physical demands during hot weather when feasible and scheduling heavier work for cooler times of the day.
- Making sure plenty of drinking water is close to the work area.
It is an employer’s responsibility to maintain a safe work environment — this is especially true in outdoor and indoor workplaces where exposure to heat can lead to heat-related injury and even death. If you have been injured or become ill while working in an unsafe workplace environment, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the workers’ compensation attorneys in Jacksonville at Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555 to find out whether you have a valid claim.
A construction worker was hurt in a fall from a building on the campus of the University of North Florida (UNF) on Saturday, November 26. News4jax.com reports the man fell about 30 feet from a building that was under construction, which is supposed to become UNF’s new dining hall, scheduled to open in the fall. The man was airlifted to Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville, though there is no additional information on his condition. We also do not know if he is a construction worker or what company he may have been employed by.
Let’s pray he recovers from the injuries suffered in this devastating fall.
Construction Work Dangers
Construction work is one of the most dangerous occupations. It is up to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to make sure that a construction site is safe and, after an accident, to investigate what went wrong to lead to the work-related injury or death. Expect OSHA investigators to show up shortly after any construction accident. A violation can bring a fine and lead to the employer being held liable.
The injured worker can seek workers’ compensation following a workplace accident and injury, which includes medical bill coverage as well as compensation for lost wages. The formula for recovery may change if there are workplace violations present. That’s why you need the workers’ compensation expertise the Jacksonville worker’s compensation lawyers at Farah & Farah who specializes in work-related injury issues to protect the job, dignity, and financial security of the injured worker. Call us at (800) 533-3555.
We often hear stories of people who are injured in the scope of their work and receive workers’ compensation to help them return to life as they knew it. But rarely do we hear of how workers’ comp actually helps someone. This story in Highlands Today is about a 19-year-old girl whose left hand was severed in a farm accident in Gainesville. Her mother got a call that the girl’s hand was wrapped around a lead on a horse. When the horse was spooked, her hand was severed.
The girl tells the paper she doesn’t recall any severe pain. Her mother says she has a high pain threshold. Taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, surgeons tried to reattach the severed hand but it was too late and the damage was too extensive. Florida workers’ compensation paid for her medical care which included an innovative prosthetic mechanical hand and hook which is motor-powered, allowing the teen to work five digits. She received the device in May which can be plugged into an electric outlet or a DC outlet in a car. She can still hold a fork and still works with horses. The teen has returned to the University of Florida where she hopes to become a veterinarian working with large animals such as horses.
This story doesn’t say what the prosthetic hand cost, but this is how workers’ compensation is supposed to work. Someone injured on their job in Florida is entitled to receive the medical care they need along with lost wages so they do not suffer anymore than their injury.
Farah & Farah’s experienced Gainesville workers’ compensation lawyers are dedicated to helping you find all of the compensation you deserve after an accident at work. Call us anytime at 1-800-533-3555 so we can schedule a meeting to discuss your options.
The news website Fair Warning reports that the workplace can be a very dangerous place, especially for commercial fishermen, farm workers, and loggers, but those workplaces might become a little more dangerous under an Obama administration proposal. The administration wants to cut a research and outreach program that focuses on reducing and preventing occupational injuries. Part of the cut would be to reduce training for doctors, nurses, and safety professional at 17 education centers that respond to a workplace accident.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) would save about $47 million if both programs were slashed. However, the programs are important because these work places are generally owned by family or small businesses and contract part-time or seasonally and are not covered by worker safety laws.
Compared to an office job, a logger has a 19 times higher fatality rate and a fisherman has a 58 times higher death rate, reports Fair Warning. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatalities among these dangerous occupations have declined but still accounted for 13 percent of all 4,340 workplace fatalities in 2009. When lawmakers return to the job in September, backers of the NIOSH programs plan to try to win over their cost-cutting colleagues.
The respective industries mentioned in the state offer Florida workers’ compensation coverage or protections to workers under the Longshore and Harbor Act, assuming the companies employ four or more workers. In that case, an injured worker would have options for compensation of any injury suffered while in the scope of their work. The Farah & Farah law firm offers a complete department of attorneys and case managers focused only on workers’ compensation cases. We remain dedicated to fighting for justice for injured workers despite the many obstacles present to doing so.
The Daily Beast combed through the injury and fatality records of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to come up with a list of the most dangerous jobs for workers. There is an average of 3.3 deaths per 100,000 for most occupations. For many, driving the car to work is the most risky thing they will do all day but for other occupations, the risk is inherent in the job.
Topping the list of dangerous jobs:
- Fishermen – While they make about $22,000 a year, the fatality rate per 100,000 workers was 200, and the injury rate was 800. In 2009, approximately 6,700 workers fell into this category of worker.
- Firefighter – Firefighters face dangers on the job that led to 4.4 fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2009 and 11,600 injuries. There are about 234,000 firefighters employed in the U.S. with an average salary of $47,760.
- Airplane Pilot – Making about $53,990 per year, the fatality rate for pilots was about 57.1 per 100,000 workers, along with 8,800 injuries. There are 431,700 pilots employed in the U.S.
- Police Officer – There are about 443,200 police officers employed in the U.S. with a fatality rate of 13.1 per 100,000 workers and 11.700 injuries. The average salary is $55,400.
- Loggers, roofers, sanitation workers, bus driver or public transportation operator, animal farmer, and grain farmer round out the list.
Altogether, there were 4,021 male and 319 female fatalities in the U.S. in 2009 with the largest number of fatalities (1,113) coming from the 45 to 54 age group. The injury and fatality data comes from the 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics under OSHA.
Florida workers’ compensation exists to provide benefits to the worker who is injured on the job. It is mandatory for most employers to carry workers’ comp just to cover the injuries and wrongful death that occur in these dangerous occupations.
The personal injury law firm of Farah & Farah has an entire office that is dedicated to helping those injured in the workplace who are not being treated fairly by their employer or insurance company. If you suspect that the deck is stacked against you, call our Florida workers’ compensation lawyers for a complimentary assessment of your case. Injured workers have rights and it is important to understand them.
The Miami Herald reports that a construction worker died on Thursday, March 24, after he was struck by a traffic roller on the Florida Turnpike. The accident happened about 3:15 p.m. on Oakland Park Boulevard in Broward County as part of a widening project of the turnpike. The 40-year-old worker was in the northbound lane just north of Oakland Park Boulevard when the roller backed up and killed him. The 38-year-old operator was questioned by FHP troopers and charges are pending. Russell Engineering is the contractor for the project.
If you are injured in a work-related crash, trip and fall, car wreck, or chemical explosion, you may qualify for Florida workers’ compensation coverage. You can receive benefits while you heal from your injuries in exchange for an agreement not to sue your employer. The worker can receive a portion of his salary and the payment of medical bills. However, if a third party is responsible for your injuries, the attorneys at Farah & Farah may be able to find grounds to hold that party responsible for your injuries. A third party could include the maker of the truck equipment that is faulty, the owner of a building where the injuries occurred, or the driver of equipment that caused your injury. You may be able to collect workers’ compensation while we pursue an action against this third party. The first step is yours. Call our Florida workers’ compensation attorneys in Florida and South Georgia at 1-800-533-3555.
Following a deadly crane collapse accident in Jacksonville last weekend, and reports that the 58-year-old worker crushed by falling debris from an old crane was worried about safety on the job site, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds workers that they can call OSHA to inspect a workplace before there is a tragic accident. OSHA will be there after to inspect for safety lapses too, after the damage has been done.
Most employees fall under OSHA jurisdiction which covers private sectors employers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. OSHA’s Regional office that encompasses Florida is located in Atlanta.
Workers have a right to a safe workplace under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH ACT). If they feel there is danger on the worksite, a worker can file a complaint and have the agency inspect their place of employment if there believe there are OSHA violations that make the workplace less than safe.
Workers have the right to:
- Ask OSHA to inspect
- Not face retaliation and discrimination
- Be trained in a language they can understand about hazards, how to prevent harm, and OSHA regulations that apply to their particular workplace
- Get a copy of the result of the tests done at their workplace
- Get a copy of their medical records
- Receive records of work-related illnesses and injuries
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the man who was killed at JaxPort. His family says he understood there was a danger and he planned to make the day of his death the last day on this dangerous job.
If you are injured while on the job in Florida, the Jacksonville workers’ compensation attorneys at Farah & Farah will tackle a reluctant employer and insurance company to fight for what you rightly deserve. However, it would be better not to be hurt in the first place. Call us so we can help.