For more than three decades, firefighters like Larry Newberry risked their lives saving residents and buildings from fires in Detroit. But now, with Detroit declaring bankruptcy, the city could drastically cut the pension he lives in order to reduce its debts. Workers' compensation attorneys say th...
According to the latest reports of forestry officials, the nineteen firefighters killed in Arizona earlier this week did not have an escape route established that would have allowed for evacuation of the entire group to safe ground. Official safety practoces require fire crews to designate a place ...
A newly-created TV and Internet advertising campaign is encouraging Washington state employers to offer light-duty jobs to employees during periods where they are recovering from workplace injuries. This “Stay at Work program” through the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) was enacte...
Workplace injuries in warehousing are surprisingly high: 1 in 5 workers is injured at work, and nearly 70% report their injuries and file an L&I claim. Yet less than 1/3 of those workers actually recieve workers compensation benefits, and an alarming number is fired as a result of their workplac...
In a recent article we discussed ways that excessive workplace stress can compromise a workers’ health, both physically and emotionally. High workplace stress can be triggered by a work-related injury or illness, or caused by fear of being laid off; putting in additional overtime hours because of ...
While a certain level of workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can take a dangerous toll on a workers’ health. Excessive workplace stress is often caused by a work-related injury or illness; fear of being laid off; working more overtime hours due to staff cutbacks; sexual harassment or work...
[caption id="attachment_992" align="alignright" width="400"] Mother Jones[/caption] Each year, Workers' Memorial Day, International Workers' Memorial Day or International Commemoration Day (ICD) for the Dead and Injured (Day of Mourning) is observed around the world on April 28, a global day of rem...
Employees who work more than 11 hours a day (as opposed to the standard eight) significantly increase their risk of heart disease, according to the UK’s Annals of Internal Medicine. Recent reports show that risk goes up by 67% for those who put in long hours at work. The University College London...
Sometimes measures to protect safety seem to go too far, as many pointed out after the recent prohibition on performers throwing candy to their audience during routines.  But if we look at workplace safety using the statisticians’ tool known as the micromort (defined as a one-in-a-million chance...
Out of 2 billion workers worldwide, the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that over 317 million injuries occur each year that require more than four days absence. Moreover, 320,000 people are killed at work each year, although a mere 22,000 of these deaths are reported to the ILO thro...