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Construction worker dangers and possible prevention

The construction industry has long been known as a crucial part of growing cities and small towns alike, but not one that comes without its fair share of risks. Construction companies across Kentucky supply vital components to the state's roadways, city centers, schools and other institutions; it is unfortunate that those who provide protection and safety for civilians are often the very ones who suffer injuries themselves. 

Asbestos exposure: a call for compensation

Asbestos exposure is no new occurrence in America: since the 1940s, millions of workers have been exposed to high levels of the minerals through their place of occupation. Among those affected are miners and manufacturers, who are put at high risks when surrounded by these dangerous minerals every day. Many develop mesothelioma as a result of this exposure, and as this tumor of the tissue progresses, everyday living can suddenly become a major challenge. Workers in Kentucky who have been affected by this illness as a result of their careers may choose to take legal action. In addition, there are a number of other steps to take when addressing the complications of this exposure.

House bill 296: a positive or negative move?

Injuries and medical complications that arise from working conditions are not only limited to the construction and oil industries; many can occur in typical, day-to-day desk jobs. One issue in Kentucky, as well as in other parts of America, involves the financial aspects of workers' compensation.

Kentucky's definition of a work-related injury

Almost all employers in Kentucky are required to carry workers' compensation insurance to cover medical costs and some of the lost wages caused by an employee's injury on the job. In fact, according to the Kentucky Department of Insurance, this includes businesses with at least one employee

What are some tips for handling chemicals safely?

For workers in Richmond who regularly encounter chemicals, knowing the proper procedures are of the utmost importance. Failure to do so can lead to grave injuries and may even inhibit one’s ability to hold gainful employment, which can result in a workers’ compensation claim.

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.

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