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The dangers of nail gun injuries on construction sites

Maryland employees may be interested in some information about one of the more common workplace injuries on construction sites: nail gun injuries. One government safety agency shows that these injuries may be preventable when the appropriate safety measures are taken.

Maryland workers and vibration injuries

Many Maryland workers may be subject to potential injuries caused over time by exposure to vibration in the workplace. Jackhammers, grinders, pneumatic wrenches, saws, sanders, heavy construction equipment and dental tools are all sources of high-rate vibration. Depending on how and where the vibration is focused in the body, the type of vibration is categorized as hand-arm vibration or whole-body vibration. The former can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, while whole-body vibration is a leading cause of lower back pain.

Injured Maryland employees deserve compensation

All employees have the right to expect their employers to provide a safe working environment for them to perform their work responsibilities. Depending on the type of work involved, some employees could be at risk of a workplace injury, particularly if there are certain occupational hazards. Some injuries may occur suddenly such as from a fall. Others, however, may develop gradually over time. For example, the repeated exposure to loud sounds during work hours could cause hearing loss before an employee is even aware of the damage.

New OSHA reporting rules are now in effect

All employers subject to oversight by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, including those located in Maryland, are now required to promptly report fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations related to workplace incidents. A time limit of eight hours has been imposed for employers to make reports for cases involving a death on the job. Loss of an eye, amputation, or hospitalization must be reported within 24 hours of learning of an incident.

Reducing muscle-related injuries in the workplace

Residents of Maryland who work in the retail or wholesale industries may benefit from a recently published report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that offers several tips that could significantly reduce the growing amount of work-related musculoskeletal injuries. These types of injuries, which affect people whose job involves lifting and moving large amounts of stock, freight and other heavy materials, account for about a third of all reported workplace illness and injury cases for 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What is ergonomics? And how can it improve Maryland workplaces?

Ergonomics is the study of properly fitting people in their work environments. Ergonomics can have positive effects on multiple levels, the most important of which is protecting workers from injury.

Things to know about Maryland workers' comp disability benefits

The burdens of being seriously injured at work are enough without having to worry about gathering evidence and making a workers' compensation claim. If you have suffered a serious work-related injury, then your energy should be focused on obtaining proper medical care, rest and rehabilitation. A workers' comp attorney can meanwhile handle the claim process.

New OSHA rules require report of each work-related hospitalization

Currently, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration requires that companies with more than 10 employees report work-related injuries only if an accident results in the hospitalization of three or more workers. Current regulations also require that fatal work-related accidents be reported to OSHA within eight hours. Staring Jan. 1, OSHA's requirements for reporting injuries will change.

Preexisting Condition Does Not Disqualify Baltimore City Employees Seeking Line-of-Duty Disability

A Baltimore City employee is not precluded from qualifying for line-of-duty disability if he or she has a preexisting medical or physical condition that contributes to his or her disability, according to a recent decision by Maryland's top court.

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