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Types of workplace safety violations

You have the right to a safe workplace. If you believe that your workplace presents any unreasonable hazards or health risks, you may want to report this the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Under the law, you have the right to make a report without fear of retaliation.

There are several types of violations of OSHA rules that you should be aware of before making a complaint. The following are some of the most common workplace safety violations under OSHA regulations.

What injury risks do miners face?

Mining is one of the most dangerous industries. Countless individuals are hurt or killed while working in narrow or hollowed-out workspaces thousands of feet underground each year. Hard rock and coal mines are particularly dangerous. Those who work in these types of environments run a higher risk of getting hurt than others.

One risk that individuals who work in these mines face is being injured in blasting-related accidents. The most serious injuries occur when explosives are detonated to break down rock.

Understanding why your disability benefits claim was denied

Unfortunately, many people struggle to earn an income when they become disabled. This means that they have to look into other options for gaining income, and one of the most obvious options is to try to seek Social Security Disability benefits.

Successfully making a Social Security Disability claim can often be challenging, however. In fact, the vast majority of claims are denied the first time. To be successful in your application, you must be conscientious and consistent. By understanding why your disability claim was denied, you will be better equipped to make another application. The following are some of the most common reasons why disability benefits claims are denied.

Recognizing the first signs of repetitive motion injury

Repetitive motion injuries are fairly common in a wide range of professions. This is because many workers repeat the same types of movements several times per day while at work. Over time, this can cause injuries, and many cause workers to file for workers' compensation as a result.

If you believe that you are suffering from a repetitive motion injury, it is important that you notify your employer as soon as possible. If you fail to notify your employer in good time, you may lose your right to make a claim. You should also develop a good understanding of the signs and symptoms of a repetitive motion injury, as well as know your rights when it comes to workers' compensation.

Do I have options if my worker’s compensation claim is denied?

If you were injured at work, you may have expected that your claim for workers’ compensation benefits would be approved. It may have been shocking to discover your claim was actually denied, but an initial denial does not necessarily mark the end of the road for your claim.

Each situation is different, but if your workers’ compensation claim has been denied you may still have the option to appeal the denial. This can help you receive the benefits you are entitled to receive. However, you may need to act quickly to make the most of this opportunity.

New proposed laws may change workers' compensation

If a person is injured in the workplace, one of the few comforts is the knowledge that support is there when workers need it. Construction workers, emergency responders and others in high-risk careers often say it is not a matter but if, but when, in the case of getting hurt on the job.

Workers' compensation is considered a pillar of labor law, but the details change more often in California than one might think. Employers, insurers and state regulators all make up part of the complicated web of factors that affect the cost and applicability of benefits.

You can get compensation for your injuries and still keep working

If you work in a warehouse in Torrance, then it's quite possible that your company uses propane as the energy source to power the forklifts there. If your California employer uses this gas and stores the canisters on the premises, then you and your co-workers should be trained on how to properly handle them. This is the only way to ensure that one of you won't get seriously hurt on the job.

Propane is extremely hazardous. If the pressure inside the container builds up too much, then it can cause a fiery explosion.

Why hiring a Social Security Disability attorney is smart

If you're applying for Social Security Disability benefits, do you really need an attorney's assistance?

While there's no requirement to have an attorney when you file your claim, it could be the best investment you can make. Here's why:

California contractors may soon receive workers' compensation

California lawmakers passed Assembly Bill (AB) 5 on May 29. If it ultimately makes it past the Senate and gets signed off on by the governor, then the way that workers are classified in the state may change. This may have a significant impact on who is eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits.

A report published by the Federal Reserve earlier this year shows that many who work in the gig economy struggled to support themselves financially in 2018 compared to bona fide employees at companies.

The Chemical Safety Board says hydrofluoric acid hurts workers

In February of 2015, a catastrophic explosion rocked the Torrance Exxon Mobil Corporation refinery. The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has since investigated several similar explosions across the United States. One of the most recent ones occurred just over a year ago in Wisconsin. On April 23, the CSB requested that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study hydrofluoric acid more closely.

Hydrofluoric acid, which is sometimes also referred to as hydrogen fluoride, can exist in two forms. It can either be a fuming liquid or a colorless gas. It can be easily dissolved in water.

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