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Toxic exposure at work can be bad for your wallet and your health

Some Alabama workers have jobs that require then to be in close proximity or close contact with dangerous substances and toxic chemicals. Whether it is in a one-time accident or it occurred slowly over time, exposure to dangerous substances can have a detrimental impact on your health and your wallet.

Workers' compensation death benefits in Alabama

Most Alabama workers know that if they suffer a serious on-the-job injury, they can seek workers' compensation benefits to pay for their medical care. This applies to all manner of job-related injuries caused by accidents, repetitive use, chemical exposure and more. It also applies to work-caused diseases. What many workers don't realize, however, is that if they suffer a job-related death, their family members may also be entitled to death benefits.

Some workplace hazards are so common that they go unnoticed

Employers in Alabama and all across the nation are responsible for the safety and health of their employees. While certain industries pose greater risks than others, some dangers exist in almost all workplace environments. You may be able to avoid serious injuries if you keep a lookout for some of the most common threats.

Saving your own skin

Some accidents or injuries are obviously work related. For example, if you cut yourself on a piece of equipment or fall from a ladder, it's likely your employer will not challenge your claim for workers' compensation. In other cases, you may have to jump through hoops to convince your boss and the insurance company that your job is responsible for your health problems. If you believe your skin disease developed from conditions at work, you may need help obtaining your benefits.

4 reasons for job-related accidents

Alabama workers often find themselves in dangerous situations on the job. However, when a worker is attentive and makes a conscious effort to follow safety rules, accidents are avoided in most cases. By educating yourself on the common reasons for job-related accidents that follow, workers can be extra-attentive on the job and hopefully prevent such incidences from occurring.

Repetitive motions on the job may compromise your health

When you think of workers' compensation, you may think of benefits given to a worker who suffers injury in a work-related accident. In reality, work injuries are not always the result of a traumatic incident, but many of the most debilitating and painful injuries develop over time.

What constitutes a traumatic crushing injury of the fingers?

Alabama workers tend to take their fingers and hands for granted until something goes wrong that prevents them from using them. A hand or finger crushing injury is not uncommon in a car accident, and in extreme cases, it can lead to the complete loss of finger function. Since our fingers and hands are vital for daily life -- and for performing most job duties -- those who suffer from this kind of accident could find themselves facing severe difficulties.

Medical compensation benefits for a work-related injury

The Alabama Workers' Compensation Law allows for employees hurt on the job to receive compensation for life for the cost of their medical care relating to work-caused injuries. In order to qualify, the injury needs to be categorized as compensable, the treatment needs to be appropriate for the injury or illness and the medical care must be provided by a physician who is authorized.

Regulators fine GD Copper for workplace safety violations

Federal inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have fined a Pine Hill-area copper plant $196,900 for workplace safety violations. OSHA inspectors listed over 12 safety violations made by the plant, GD Copper USA, which exposed plant workers to high levels of risk that included shock hazards, unguarded safety equipment and fall risks.

Do you know how to protect your eyes in the workplace?

August is National Children's Eye Health and Safety Month, but children aren't the only people who should protect their vision. Adults should also protect their eyes both in and out of the workplace by seeking appropriate vision care and wearing the right protective gear at work.

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