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The ten deadliest jobs in America

Thousands of workers in Georgia and across the United States suffered from fatal work-related injuries each year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reports that fatalities over the last five years have increased. Ten professions have been identified as the most dangerous, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Logging is said to be the riskiest of all, with 62 loggers losing their lives in the last year.

Georgia industrial accident probed after 2 men hurt in explosion

An explosion at a South Georgia hazardous waste plant landed two men in the hospital and left investigators with a lot of unanswered questions. Authorities looking into the cause of the industrial accident traveled to Florida, where the men were in guarded condition after being airlifted for their injuries following the explosion. The facility belonged to Perma-Fix Environmental Services, a company described as a provider of nuclear waste treatment solutions.

Workplace injury rates vary between states

Georgia laborers might be interested to learn of a recent report conducted by Allsup, a Social Security Disability Insurance representative, that highlights the differences of workplace injury and illness rates from state to state for workers in identical industries. The report is based on information retrieved from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics and reveals the top injuries that threaten work by location, based upon the percentage of injuries severe enough to require days of job restriction or transfer.

Health care workers suffer most job-related injuries

Georgia health care workers may take an interest in a report issued by a national advocacy nonprofit showing that health care workers sustain more workplace injuries and illnesses than workers in any other industry. According to the report, the workers' injuries could be traced to a limited number of inspections of health care facilities paired with a comparative lack of federal safety standards.

Changes to Georgia's workers' comp to go into effect

On July 1, some rules changed regarding workers' compensation laws in Georgia. The benefits that workers receive will go up although the length of time they will receive the payouts will shorten under a bill that the governor signed. Exact figures will increase temporary total disability payments from $500 to $525 per week while temporary partial disability payments will rise from $334 to $350 per week. Employees are eligible to receive these payments for 350 weeks, or just under seven years, even if they find another job that pays them less than what they made before a workplace accident. Previously, for accidents that occurred on or after July 1, 1992, workers could receive benefits for as long as 400 weeks, or just under eight years.