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Safety tips to prevent scaffolding accidents

Working in the construction industry can be more dangerous than many might think. When you add in the use of scaffolding on a construction site, the danger skyrockets. Each time you set foot on the job site, you need to be as safe as possible in all you do. Here are some very important safety tips to follow in order to avoid scaffolding accidents in Atlanta.

This might seem like an obvious statement, but all scaffolding must be built on solid ground. No scaffolding can be properly built on ground that will not be able to hold four times the weight of the intended load. If it must be built on uneven ground, use baseplates and adjustable feet to help even out the load across the entire piece of scaffolding. You are not permitted to use bricks or masonry blocks to support scaffolding, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Georgia man killed by street sweeper

Some industrial-type accidents can happen so fast that nobody has a chance to react in time to help -- other times, there's simply nobody around to react at all.

That seems to be situation in the case of a Georgia man who operated a street sweeper in the Lawrenceville area of Gwinnett County. Working alone, he somehow became trapped between the street sweeper's hopper and its hydraulic arm.

Atlanta home split in half in crane accident

A home in a suburb of Atlanta was split in half when a crane crashed into it earlier in the month of September. The residents of the home were inside the property at the time of the accident, but were able to escape safely. The home is located on Alexandria Court in Brookhaven.

The crane was on the property of the destroyed house to remove an oak tree in the backyard. According to a news report, the crane tipped over onto the house because it was holding too much weight on an end.

Doctors, nurses and aides: Workplace safety is inadequate

Doctors, nurses and aides in hospitals are facing a safety problem that just keeps growing: workplace violence.

Hospital violence stems from a variety of interwoven factors:

  • Overburdened facilities where patients have to wait long hours for treatment
  • A rising number of addicts seeking narcotics to get their next fix
  • Grieving and frustrated family members who turn their anger on the staff
  • Racial tensions in locations where there are large immigrant populations
  • Patients with mental illnesses and dementia or those suffering temporary hallucinations or delusions due to illness
  • Violence between rival gang members that can continue even once the participants are in the hospital
  • Difficulty controlling public access to the wards, which can expose both staff and patients to violence from strangers
  • Inadequate or poorly trained security

Preventing heat exhaustion on an Atlanta worksite

Even though Labor Day brought the unofficial end to summer, at least for vacations, the heat will still remain for quite some time in Georgia. Protecting yourself from the sun and the heat while on a construction site is important to your health. Here are some tips for preventing heat exhaustion in Atlanta.

One of the first tips for avoiding heat exhaustion is to avoid getting sunburned. Sunburn is not only unhealthy for your skin and can lead to cancer, but it can cause you to overheat. When you are sunburnt, your body has trouble riding itself of heat. Wear sunscreen all the time, a hat and cover as much skin as possible.

Can you sue for a workplace injury in civil court?

Generally speaking, workers' compensation is an agreement between employers and workers to make a trade: workers would give up their right to take every injury to court and employers would make it easy on injured workers to get the health care and income they needed while they were injured and out of work.

However, there are a few times when it's possible to step outside that agreement and file a civil suit instead:

A brief look at occupational health in Georgia

Occupational health is a popular topic these days within the medical field. It has also become a focus of human resource managers, other administrators and employers in general. Occupational health focuses on the relationship an employee has between work and personal health. It goes both ways, as work can affect health and health can affect work.

In recent years, occupational health has moved most of its focus to the fitness of an employee to undertake a specific job. For example, are employees able to handle jobs that deal with the public, such as bus drivers or airline pilots. It can also apply to jobs where employees are asked to travel overseas for company business or for jobs with specific requirements, such as firefighters and surgeons.

Symptoms and causes of carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel may seem innocuous, but it has the potential to greatly affect a person's life. According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, carpal tunnel syndrome is most likely to affect women between the ages of 45 and 64. However, it has the potential to affect both men and women, regardless of age. 

It can be extremely difficult to prove carpal tunnel developed as a result of excessive wrist motions in the workplace. That is the only kind of injury that would qualify someone for workers comp. All people should be cognizant of their body and take action when the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome develop. 

How do I protect my knees from overuse at work?

Your risk of developing a knee injury increases with both use and age -- repetitive motions can eventually strain even a healthy knee, and knee joints are often among the first body parts to show signs of aging through problems like osteoarthritis.

How can you protect those two little orbs that do so much for you?

Who is responsible for a work-related car accident?

Work-related car accidents are quite common. The thing is, not many people realize that some accidents they come across involve people driving company cars. Not all company cars are marked, which means that they don't necessarily have the company name or logo on them. Some companies simply purchase or lease vehicles for their employees and hand over the keys. So, who is responsible for a work-related car accident?

Under a term known as vicarious liability, an employer is typically liable for the actions of their employees. This means that an employer will be liable for the nonaction or negligent action of their employees when they are working under the defined scope of their job. In order for this to occur, the employee must have been performing an activity authorized by the employer. Or, the action must have been close enough to an authorized action that the employer can be held liable.