The past few years have brought an alarming number of studies and reports on the short-term effects of concussions on youth who play sports, as well as possible long-term repercussions for professional athletes who play high-impact contact sports like football and hockey. All of these belong to ...
  Did you know that the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) founded Guide Dogs of America? Guide Dogs of America is committed to the mission of training guide dogs and providing instruction in their use at no charge to blind and visually impaired Ameri...
A lot of Americans wouldn't dream of missing medical appointments or their annual physicals. And yet those same individuals repeatedly compromise their health—and may even shorten their lifespan—by skipping annual vacations! Skipping vacation can put us at risk of many ailments and disord...
Construction site injuries and fatalities cost the state of Washington hundreds of millions of dollars, and exact an incalculable price on the lives of workers themselves. These costs were recently compiled and published in a report by Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group. The ...
Over the past years, we have discussed the medical and emotional risks of excessive or consistent worry. For employees with a workplace injury, occupational disease or disability, stress and anxiety can add a significant burden on the body. Below we discuss some steps for reducing stress and wor...
Many consider government regulations in the workplace to be pure bureaucratic obstacles, offering dubious protection to employees and consumers, and driving companies to layoffs and bankruptcy through the high cost of compliance. Yet both critics and supporters of regulation have historically te...
Despite the fact that state and federal regulations require employers to observe a wide variety of safety measures, thousands of workers are seriously injured or killed on the job each year. For the majority of workplace injuries, employees are restricted to amounts and benefits established by t...
Since the 1960s, labor activists and workers’compensation attorneys have grown increasingly concerned about health problems in Japan resulting from long working hours. The problem became so widespread in recent decades that the term Karoshi, or “death from overwork,” went mainstream. Resear...
In the state of Washington, workers have the right to choose their own doctor (or remain with their regular family physician) while receiving treatment for a work injury. Yet in some cases, an employer or insurance provider will select a different doctor for an Independent Medical Examination”...