August 2019 Archives

Workplace injuries: Does your job expose you to asbestos?

Unbeknownst to many workers in the Omaha region, some occupations expose its staff members to asbestos. Although government guidelines exist to regulate this dangerous substance, exposure can lead to workplace injuries in the form of illness. Remaining informed about the possible presence of asbestos can help you decide whether to remain in your current line of work or to seek employment in a different industry.

Workers' compensation and possible worker negligence

Let's begin this blog post by looking at a hypothetical situation. An Omaha factory worker suffers a serious head injury when a box of equipment falls and strikes the employee. Despite numerous signs posted throughout the workplace instructing workers' to wear hard hats at all times, this worker failed to don the required safety gear. Is he or she still eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits?

Workers' compensation may help you manage work-related stress

Most of today's work opportunities come with a large amount of stress. The employer's demand to produce, meet deadlines and take on extra work shifts cause employees to feel anxious and stressed. According to the American Institute of Stress, other causes include:

Working in a meatpacking plant remains a hazardous occupation

Injury and illness rates in meatpacking plants across the country, including Nebraska, are not as high as they were two decades ago, but they remain significantly higher than the national average for work-related injuries. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict safety regulations in place, serious injuries continue to occur. Despite proof that the work environments in the meat industry are now safer than ever before, analysts say there is room for improvement.

Practicing safety when working with trenches

Trenches are a typical part of many jobs, especially in the construction industry and when working with utilities, but they also carry a very high level of risk -- higher than many workers realize. If there is a trench collapse, workers can be buried and seriously injured or killed in mere seconds. The amount of earth that falls back into the trench could weigh thousands of pounds, and moving it quickly and safely may be impossible.