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How can you stay safe if you work alone?

If you are one of the hundreds of people in the Kentucky workforce who work alone, you face a unique set of risks. Being by yourself throughout the day has its benefits, but it can also be difficult to get the help you need if you experience an injury or illness on the job. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to protect yourself and secure your safety in the event of an accident.

What are the workers’ compensation benefits in Kentucky?

When a worker is injured or has acquired an illness on the job in Kentucky, he or she is entitled to payments under workers’ compensation. This is an insurance that non-government employers are required to carry under the law. It also will provide compensation in the event of a worker’s death to the worker’s families. According to Ky.gov, these benefits are offered under the Commonwealth’s Workers’ Compensation program.

What is repetitive stress injury?

Repetitive stress injury is pain or discomfort caused by excessive movement in the same position without sufficient breaks.  According to HealthDay, this phenomenon affects almost 2 million workers each year, and it is the cause of almost one third of all missed work days. Whether you do manual labor or work in front of a computer, you may be at risk for RSI. Therefore, you should understand the causes of this injury as well as how to prevent it. RSI could have a variety of symptoms:

Kentucky state employees and workers’ compensation protocol

If you are a state employee for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, your employer purchases insurance that covers the cost of medical expenses and lost wages for you if you are injured on the job. Benefits from workers’ compensation insurance are your right in most cases, but they do not automatically begin at the moment of your injury. At Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold, we often assist injured workers in navigating the process so that they do not miss out on any compensation they are entitled to.

Tackling the occupational disease problem

Hard-working Kentuckians should not have to compromise their health in order to make a living and support their families. However, many workers have found themselves to be victims of occupational and environmental disease. Luckily, there continues to be various efforts to address the issue of occupational illness.

What to do when you suspect a workplace violation

Workers in Richmond, Kentucky, have the right to workplace health and safety, which were legally defined in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Individuals who believe their working conditions violate OSHA standards have the right to file a complaint with an OSHA office.

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