Omaha Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Do you work in a high-risk category in Nebraska?

No matter how you earn a living, staying safe during the normal course of duties in your workplace is no doubt one of your highest priorities. In fact, people in Nebraska and throughout the United States worry about many hazards in the workplace that didn't exist a few decades ago. Mass shootings and other national disasters have prompted high levels of concern for employers, employees, teaching faculty, students and average citizens across the nation.

Aside from potential danger from outside sources at work, there are simply certain jobs that are inherently more dangerous than others. If you work in one of these industries, you may be at greater risk for injury than someone who works in a checkout line at a grocery store, for instance. Knowing where the greatest dangers lie and what to do if you're involved in a workplace accident may not only help you avoid injury altogether but obtain swift and appropriate support if a mishap does occur.

What are the top injuries among roofers?

As a roofing professional, you have a clear idea of what your job entails. You also understand that an accident could happen at any time, which could result in serious injury or even death.

It's important to understand the top injuries among roofers, as this can help you avoid trouble:

  • Back injuries: In addition to falling to the ground below, a back injury can be the result of carrying heavy objects, such as shingles.
  • Broken bones: There are many ways to break a bone when working as a roofer, such as slipping off a ladder or dropping something heavy on your foot.
  • Repetitive motion injury: Doing the same thing, day after day, can put strain on a particular part of your body. This can cause a repetitive motion injury to set in.
  • Heat injury: For example, if you work in the heat for many hours during the summer months, you could suffer from a bout of heat stroke.

Table saw safety: You can’t make a mistake

As a construction worker, you rely on many tools to complete the task at hand. A table saw is a commonly used tool, as this allows you to make fast and efficient cuts.

However, you need to remember something else: A table saw can also be extremely dangerous if not used in the appropriate manner.

A construction worker falls 80 feet to his death in Hastings

Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigators have begun piecing together what occurred in the minutes leading up to a man's death at a construction site on Friday, Jan. 26.

It appears that Grand Island resident had been working up on a raised structure at the Hastings fertilizer plant at the crossroads of Showboat Road and Highway 6 moments before his 4:00 p.m. fall. Officers from the Adams County Sheriff Office, who initially responded to the scene, estimated the scaffolding he fell off of may have been as high as 80 feet off the ground.

What should you expect after a hernia surgery?

If you suffer a hernia, such as from lifting heavy items at your place of employment, you shouldn't hesitate to consult with a medical professional. Letting this problem linger is only going to cause more trouble in the long run.

Fortunately, a hernia surgery can put this in the past once and for all. That being said, you must know what to expect after the procedure is complete.

A herniated disk can cause more trouble in the future

Any back or neck injury requires immediate medical attention. Even if you think rest and relaxation will resolve the problem, you never know what's going on until you consult with a medical professional.

A herniated disk, for example, has the potential to cause pain and decreased mobility for the rest of your life. The symptoms may not be terribly bad at first, but over time your symptoms could very well worsen.

Workers' compensation after chemical exposure at work

Depending on the nature of your job, it is possible that you could face exposure to certain dangerous chemicals in the workplace. Chemical exposure could lead to significant physical harm, causing health complications that could impact your health for years to come. If you become ill because of the occupational requirements of your job, you have the right to seek workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' compensation benefits are not only for the Nebraska workers who suffer injuries in workplace accidents, but they are also for individuals who are suffering from occupational illnesses caused by toxic exposure. You could have a rightful claim to this type of financial support, even if your initial exposure took place months or years earlier. You are entitled to care and support as you pursue a full recovery.

Falls, falling objects and dangerous equipment

If you work in the construction industry, there will be times when you find yourself in dangerous situations. This doesn't necessarily mean you'll suffer an injury, but you realize that something bad could happen at some point.

Fortunately, with the right dedication to safety, both by you and your employer, you can minimize the chance of an accident.

Don’t ignore a lower back injury

Depending on your profession, you may put a lot of stress on your back throughout the day. While some people are able to deal with this, others find that it leads to a serious injury at some point.

If you have any reason to believe you've suffered a lower back injury, don't continue to do your job. You need to stop all activity, receive medical attention and get a better idea of what is going on.

Workers remain afraid to report safety violations

It doesn't matter how bad the job gets. For many workers in industrial meat packing plants, especially those working the "killing floor," a bad job is better than no job at all when your choices are limited.

A November 2017, report filed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on workplace safety, found that workers employed in Nebraska are inclined to stay silent about their work-related injuries and illnesses. They fear retaliation, particularly job loss.