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The federal government imposes certain safety regulations that employers are expected to follow in order to ensure that employees are protected from unacceptable risks at work. One such regulation requires that employers conduct coal dust tests to ensure workers aren’t being exposed to toxic air that makes them sick. Unfortunately, eight officials were caught faking these tests and will now face criminal charges. Atlanta work injury

Criminal prosecutions for safety violations are rare, although they do occur when employers egregiously flout the law. Workers are also entitled to pursue a benefits claim in any circumstances where they are hurt at work, regardless of whether employers acted intentionally to put them at risk or not.

An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide help to injured employees and their family members in pursuing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.

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The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries to work in, and accidents on construction sites can affect not just workers but passersby as well. Construction sites involving cranes are especially high risk as a result of the possibility of many different types of accidents, from cranes tipping over to items falling from cranes and causing harm. atlanta construction accident lawyer

Workers injured on a construction site, whether by a crane or otherwise, need to understand their rights and should reach out to an Atlanta work injury lawyer for help if they are harmed.

Unfortunately, injuries involving cranes are often serious or even fatal, so prevention is key to protecting workers and others who are near to construction sites. To help improve crane safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has now proposed a new rule that would mandate more effective training for crane operators.

Workers are at risk of on-the-job injury in all different types of work environments, but especially when they are working in confined spaces. Employers and employees need to understand the proper safety protocols for work in a confined space, and Safety BLR recently published some tips for helping companies to develop confined space policies that could save worker lives or prevent serious injuries from occurring. Atlanta work accident lawyer

If you are an employee who gets hurt while working in a confined space, or if you are otherwise injured on-the-job, you should also make certain you know your legal rights. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide you with representation as you pursue a claim for benefits after a work injury.

You should be entitled to benefits, including payment of medical bills, regardless of whether your employer is negligent or not, so be sure to contact an attorney for help after you are hurt.

If you suffer an injury while you are doing your job, you may be entitled to receive work injury benefits. You’ll need to take certain steps after the injury in order to make certain that you protect your rights to get benefits. Since many employees are not allowed to file a lawsuit against an employer under Georgia’s workers’ compensation rules, it is important that you understand the process of getting work injury benefits so you will be able to recover the money you need to avoid serious financial loss when an injury occurs. Atlanta work injury

An Atlanta work injury lawyer can help you to take the right steps after getting hurt on-the-job so you can obtain the benefits that the law says you’re entitled to if you get hurt while performing work tasks.

If you can make a successful workers’ compensation claim, you should be entitled to get your medical bills paid and should be entitled to get disability income though workers’ comp as well. Contact an attorney to guide you though the process of what you need to do after getting hurt.

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Chemical exposure can cause serious and even fatal workplace injuries. Workers can be made very sick as a result of their exposure to chemicals on the job. An Atlanta work injury lawyer can provide assistance to those workers who fall ill due to chemicals they encounter while on the job.  Chemicals can also cause more than just illness; explosions are a very real possibility. atlanta work accident

A tragedy occurred in 2013 illustrating the devastation that can occur when a chemical plant has problems. The tragedy occurred when a fertilizer plant in West Texas exploded and 15 people were killed, including 12 first responders and 3 members of the public. Another 260 people were hurt, 150 buildings were destroyed and $230 million in damages was done by the explosion.

In response to this incident, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations to try to prevent future incidents like the fatal explosion from happening again in the future. The EPA’s amendment of is rule was a response to an executive order promulgated by President Obama to improve safety and security at chemical storage facilities.

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Atlanta construction injuries are a serious risk for anyone within the construction field. Construction workers encounter many dangerous conditions on worksites, from heavy equipment and machinery to jobs which must be done at high elevations.  Understanding the possible risks construction workers face is important to taking adequate safety precautions and preventing unnecessary harm.  Atlanta construction injuries

Not all construction jobs are created equal, and some construction workers face higher risks of different kinds of illnesses and injuries than others.  Roofing is one example of a construction job where employees could face both the risk of illness and the risk of serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

If you work in roofing, you need to understand the unique dangers that your profession creates and you need to understand your rights in case something goes wrong. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide representation in situations where you are hurt while doing roofing work, so give us a call as soon as you have suffered an injury.  Continue Reading

Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied a $700,000 fine against a company that exposed 14 staff members to excessive amounts of lead. Exposure to dangerous levels of lead can have devastating consequences and it is of vital importance that companies follow best practices for safety to avoid excess exposure. Safety News Alert reported on the OSHA fines and citations against the company that failed to protect the safety of its staff members. Atlanta workplace illness

Lead exposure is one of many top causes of workplace illness, and it can happen in many different professions.  If you or someone you love is sick because you were exposed to lead or other toxins at work, you should be entitled to payment of your medical bills and to other benefits including disability income, if your illness affects your work. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer should be consulted for help in making a claim for benefits following exposure to excess lead levels.

Dangerous Levels of Lead Can Cause Atlanta Workplace Illnesses

Each and every worker in the United States deserves a safe place to work. Unfortunately, thousands of workers are hurt or killed annually while they are performing their employment duties. A worker could be hurt no matter what his profession is, but there are certain people who face a far greater risk of getting hurt or killed at work than others.  Recently, Business Insider made a list of the 10 most dangerous jobs in American. If your profession is on the list, you should be aware you are in a higher-risk industry and should seek appropriate help if your employer is not following safety rules and regulations. Atlanta dangerous jobs

Workers hurt on-the-job also have legal rights, regardless of whether or not an employer followed safety rules. If you are harmed because of job duties or if your loved one dies while performing work tasks, you should work with an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer to obtain financial benefits including disability income and the payment of medical expenditures.  Continue Reading

If you are an employee at a company that is facing financial problems, you could face a greater risk of getting hurt at work. Studies have identified a link between the financial health of a business and the safety of employees of the company. While employers should always prioritize the safety of their workers, regardless of whether the company is financially struggling or not, this is not always what occurs. Atlanta work accidents

If you get hurt at work, you have rights. Your employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage, unless your employer is self-insured. This means that even if the company you work for is struggling financially, you should still be fully compensated for any work injuries. It also means workers’ comp death benefits should be available to families after fatal injuries happen. An Atlanta work accident lawyer should be consulted to get help pursuing your claim if you were harmed.   Continue Reading

It is a natural assumption to believe economic growth is good for the lives of workers. After all, if the economy is good, workers are usually earning more money. Workers typically have more job flexibility and the option to find work they like in situations when the economy is good.  Workers who get paid more during a booming economy can also enjoy life by buying more goods or taking more vacations. atlanta work accident

Unfortunately, it is not all good news when there is economic growth. In fact, according to Safety News Alert, death rates can substantially rise due to workplace illness and injury if there is lots of economic growth going on.

If you or someone you love is hurt due to workplace illness or injury, you should understand what options you have available to you under the law. An Atlanta work injury attorney at Sammons  & Carpenter, P.C. can provide guidance on what your options are for pursuing a case for compensation for occupational injuries that occur due to a booming economy.  Continue Reading