There is no question that firefighting ranks as one of the single most dangerous occupations that a person can have. Indeed, this danger comes from the fact that firefighters are not only at a near-constant risk of suffering serious burn injuries or bodily harm while tending to fires and accidents, but also constantly exposed to dangerous chemicals and toxic fumes -- many of which are carcinogenic.
DISABLING INJURIES COST U.S. EMPLOYERS $1 BILLION A WEEK
INJURED DURING A WORK BREAK? WHAT IF YOU WORK REMOTELY?
If a worker suffers any sort of serious work-related injury that will keep them sidelined for any amount of time, they naturally have very pressing concerns about how they will make up for the time away. After all, the bank won't stop seeking to collect the mortgage payment, the power company won't just keep the power on for free and the food in the cupboards won't magically replenish itself.
With great (electrical) power comes great responsibility
Going to work is not just a routine activity for most Maryland residents; it is also a necessary activity to earn a living to cover the costs associated with financial needs. While employers are required to take steps to address any health and safety issues in the work environment, workers unfortunately could suffer serious and even fatal injuries on-the-job.
In previous posts, our blog has discussed how injured workers here in Maryland should know that their ability to secure work comp benefits under their employer's work comp insurance depends upon whether they meet rather precise requirements set forth under state law.
In a previous post, we discussed how even though the possibility of suffering serious work injuries is the last thing on the minds of most employees, they nevertheless occur on a regular -- and somewhat stunning -- basis.
From drafting a report and making client phone calls to manning a station on the assembly line and putting pallets where they belong, most employees -- regardless of their chosen field -- have only one concern during the typical workday: completing their assigned duties. In other words, the last thing on their minds is the possibility of suffering a serious work injury.
Maryland employees may be interested to learn about a May 2016 rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding drug testing following a workplace accident. The rule, which was implemented under the name 'Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses," requires employers in certain industries to submit injury and illness data to OSHA electronically and could affect future workers' compensation claims, according to news reports.