Category Archives: Workers’ Compensation

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. In incident reviewed by OSHA, inspectors found that workers had been using a platform that was suspended 14 feet over a concrete floor but did notContinue reading

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. Of course, the first step to protecting your eyes in the workplace is understanding the hazards so you can choose the right protective gear. Do you need to wear safety googles, or is moreContinue reading

Defining an occupational illness

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has defined several categories of occupational illnesses that are considered work-related if an exposure or event at work contributed to or caused the resulting condition, or aggravated a condition the worker already had. Those categories include: — Respiratory conditions: These are illnesses caused by breathing hazardous chemicals, vapors, dust, gases, fumes or biological agents. Some examples include farmer’s lung, rhinitis, silicosis, pneumonitis, asbestosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and much more. — Skin disorders orContinue reading

What Workers Should Know About Workers’ Comp

If you have been injured on the job, workers’ compensation pays your medical bills and part of your lost wages. It is important to understand how this type of insurance works, and if your employer is treating you fairly in event of an accident. Only injuries occurring on the job qualify for workers’ compensation. If you are injured while working, report the injury immediately to your supervisor. Under Alabama law, the employer requires notification within five days of the incident.Continue reading

Health hazards women face in the workplace

During the 20th century, women became a valuable force in the American workplace. Like their male peers, they fill many important roles, providing services and duties that greatly bolster our economy. While it is important to acknowledge the contributions women make to the workforce, it is equally important to understand the health hazards and injury risks to which they are exposed. In Alabama, women have a wealth of career opportunities to choose from and part of making a good decisionContinue reading

Are there jobs not covered by Alabama workers’ compensation law?

Workers’ compensation is one of those conventions that many may take for granted. But in Alabama, workers’ compensation is not always a guaranteed benefit. Sometimes, even those who are entitled to full coverage don’t get it because the employer or the insurance company has denied the claim. These individuals need all the help they can get from reliable and experienced professionals to ensure that their rights are protected and they receive all the resources they deserve to achieve the bestContinue reading