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Women in the workplace: 4 common workplace injuries

Women have long been invested in the businesses in America, but they face specific dangers in their workplaces that people may overlook. Although women are capable of as much as men, there are some activities and hazards particularly dangerous to them.

Take, for example, working in construction. Men, by nature, are stronger than most women. A woman doing the same work could be more easily fatigued and prone to injury. Lifting heavy objects could result in back injuries and strain, just like with male colleagues, but at lower weights. Here are some other work injuries women may face.

Don't forget to follow these scaffolding safety tips

Depending on your industry, you may use scaffolding almost every day of the week. For example, this is common on construction sites.

While it is clearly essential to use scaffolding under many circumstances, since it can sometimes make your job easier and safer, it's important to keep your safety in mind at all times.

3 overlooked (yet common) causes of construction accidents

Construction workers are always on the move. Furthermore, these individuals are aware of the fact that their workplace can be extremely dangerous at times.

Even if you take steps to prevent a construction site accident, you could still find yourself dealing with this situation at some point.

A ladder accident can cause serious injury, death

As someone who regularly uses a ladder, it's important to understand one thing: You could be part of an accident when you least expect it.

Even if you have many years of experience using a ladder for a variety of tasks, it only takes one mishap to cause serious injury or even death.

Workplace falls and first aid: Steps to take

Regardless of your industry or profession, you should understand the dangers of a fall. There are many reasons for this type of accident, such as stepping on a piece of debris or slipping when working on a roof.

If you are part of a workplace fall accident, it's imperative that you know which steps to take. Here are five things you should absolutely do:

  • Call 911 to ensure that an ambulance arrives as quickly as possible
  • Treat any injuries to the best of your ability, while staying where you are
  • Ask others to provide assistance, such as someone who can help you elevate your legs
  • Remove yourself from danger, to avoid a situation in which you suffer a follow up injury
  • Seek medical treatment at a local emergency room (even if you don't feel that your injuries require professional help)

Are you familiar with the danger of construction site falls?

As someone who works in the construction industry, you know just how important it is to avoid the many dangers that always seem to be lurking.

Unfortunately, even if you do your best to remain safe, you never know if something bad could happen to you in the future.

A slip-and-fall accident can change your life in an instant

Regardless of your profession or the industry in which you work, you should never overlook the fact that you could suffer an on the job injury at some point.

There are many causes of workplace injuries, with slip-and-fall accidents among the most common.

3 things to know about workers’ comp in Georgia

It was your first day on the job in a machine shop when you saw it happen. One of the veteran machinists got his hand caught in a piece of equipment when it malfunctioned. As the ambulance drove off, you heard the other employees talking about how the victim might lose his hand and how he might never work in a machine shop again. Naturally, you are wondering what would have happened if that had been you. How would you pay your medical bills? How would you pay your rent if you couldn't work?

Fortunately, there are safety nets in place for employees that suffer a work-related injury. If your employer has workers' compensation insurance in Georgia, you could be entitled to benefits if you find yourself in a situation similar to the above scenario. Read further to find out three important things you should know about workers' compensation laws in Georgia.

How long can you receive workers' compensation medical coverage?

When you get seriously hurt at work, you may just assume that your medical needs will get covered. While that is a reasonable expectation, as you have worked for years or even decades, in reality there are situations when workers' compensation just doesn't offer enough coverage for workers hurt while performing their jobs.

Georgia prides itself on being an employer and industry-friendly state, which means that workers have less protection here than in other parts of the country. People who work in factories and other industrial settings, like construction sites, can get seriously and permanently injured in the line of work. Sadly, the current state workers' compensation system may leave some of these people without adequate medical coverage for conditions resulting from work.

Know the causes of construction accidents to avoid them

After working in the Dallas area construction industry for the last several years, you have seen plenty of accidents happen. You have even had a few close calls yourself. While you may not be able to avoid every accident, knowing the most common types of injuries will certainly help you.

Knowing about every potential hazard and danger on the job site, while an advantage, will not keep you safe 100 percent of the time. No matter how many precautions you take, some things happen that are completely out of your control and unavoidable. Since catastrophic workplace accidents happen, many employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. If you or a loved one is ever injured on the job, you might be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. Read further to learn more about common causes of construction injuries.

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