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What are common job-related repetitive stress injuries?

When you think of workplace injuries, the first thought to run through your mind might involve the type of injuries that happen suddenly and are immediately apparent. Not all job injuries are acute. Many workplace injuries develop over time from repetitive motions. If you have a job in the Glendale area that requires you to perform certain movements repetitively, make sure you are using the proper techniques to prevent muscle and tendon strains, soreness and discomfort that can occur from overuse. 

According to Insurance Journal, repetitive motion trauma is a leading cause of workplace injury for workers. Common types of repetitive stress injuries include the following: 

  • Carpal tunnel
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Stenosing tenosynovitis 

Can you prevent getting hurt at work with proper self-care?

Depending on the industry you work in, you are subject to unique risks tied to the job responsibilities you are assigned each day. If you work in an especially dangerous industry in California, chances are your employer has gone to extensive lengths to put parameters in place to protect you and your cohorts. However, you can also reduce your risk of getting injured simply by taking good care of yourself and making sure you are fully prepared for work each day. 

According to healthfinder.gov, workplace injuries include both physical injuries, as well as sicknesses from exposure to chemicals for example. To keep yourself better protected, here are some of the things you should be doing outside of work: 

  • Eat healthy foods that will provide you with strength and nutrients.
  • Maintain a healthy weight and take preventative measures to keep yourself in optimal health. 
  • Make sure you get enough sleep every night and take small breaks throughout the day to keep yourself alert.
  • Find healthy ways to manage and cope with the stress you feel in your job. 
  • Be active and make sure you keep your body in the condition it needs to be in to perform your job responsibilities safely and efficiently. 

Follow these 7 ladder safety tips at work

Do you use a ladder at your place of employment? Do you ever wonder if you're making a mistake that could lead to an accident? Are you hoping to implement some safety tips that will help you prevent trouble in the future?

There are many ladder safety tips you can follow that can help prevent an accident, with these seven among the most important:

  • Inspect the ladder before you step on the first rung. Don't assume that a ladder is in good working condition, as a defect or any damage could lead to an accident. Look for things such as corrosion, cracks and missing parts.
  • Only place the ladder on level and firm ground. If you're experienced on a ladder you may assume you can get away with placing it on unlevel ground. Don't make this mistake, as it greatly increases the likelihood of an accident.
  • Use the right size ladder for the job. For instance, don't use a ladder that is too short to reach your intended height. If you do, you may find yourself stretching when you reach the top.
  • Let others know that you are using the ladder. It's not always a mistake you make that causes an accident. It could be a mistake by a coworker, such as someone who bumps into the ladder when you're climbing to the top.
  • Keep three points of contact at all times. For example, one hand and two feet or both hands and one foot.
  • Never carry a heavy load up or down a ladder. If you do this, it's much more likely that you will lose your balance.
  • Don't set the ladder near an exit door or vehicle traffic. Doing so increases the chance of a person or vehicle hitting the ladder, thus knocking you down.

Who is required to carry workers' compensation insurance?

The fear of being injured on the job may not keep you up at night due to your confidence that your employer in Glendale will take care of you if such a thing ever happened. Yet what if you were to be injured at work and then later were told that your company does not offer workers' compensation benefits? Like most, you assume that the law requires all employers to carry such coverage. Yet many employers may claim that their unique business structure does not require them to follow the law. Given the complexity of employment law, yours might be relying on you to simply take its word on it and not press the issue. 

Its word, however, is likely wrong. Per the California Department of Industrial Relations, all employers (even those who employ only one worker) must carry workers' compensation insurance. Furthermore, companies that operate outside of the state yet employ people within it must abide by the local laws even if those in the states where they are based do not require it (this applies only if their local employees work primarily here in the state). The only people not required to be covered under workers' compensation are executives, corporate officers and sole proprietors. While they must carry it for their employees, they may choose to opt out of such coverage. 

Three tips to improve workplace safety

Workplace accidents occur frequently in the U.S. In 2016, nearly 2,700 workers lost their lives on the job. Sometimes, workplace injuries may be the fault of the employer, while other times they may occur due to an employee’s negligence. Nevertheless, it is the employer’s responsibility to take certain precautions to ensure that unnecessary accidents are avoided.

Today we provide three important tips to help prevent accidents from happening at work:

4 types of construction accidents you should watch out for

Working on a construction site in Glendale can be extremely dangerous. Even if you follow all of the safety rules, you might still suffer an accident while working on a job site. If this happens, you may be able to file a workers' compensation claim and receive benefits such as compensation for your medical expenses, wage replacement or vocational rehabilitation to learn new skills.

Before you find yourself in a position where you have to file a workers' compensation claim, it might be a good idea to brush up on your safety training. The next time you are working on a construction site, watch out for these common accidents.

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