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February 2017 Archives

OSHA investigates chemical leak that killed deputy

An investigation has been opened by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration into a chemical leak that killed a deputy from Richmond County. The deputy was killed after responding to an alarm at Xytex Corporation, a sperm bank, in Augusta earlier in February.

Common workplace illnesses and how to avoid them

Workplace illnesses are more common than one might think, but they are also easily avoidable. Some workplace illnesses cannot be avoided due to the type of work performed by employees. The ones that can be avoided take a little bit of effort on the part of the employee and the employer to keep the workplace healthy and safe.

Types of construction accident chemical burns

Construction accident chemical burns are more common than many might think. They are also incredibly painful. Any chemical burn that occurs on a construction site must be reported to a supervisor immediately and medical care must be administered. There are three types of construction accident chemical burns that you should be aware of while on a job site.

Billion dollar issues: Micro-tasks and repetitive motion injuries

Repetitive motion injuries involving micro tasks are classified as a type of cumulative trauma disorder—it's an umbrella term that could be applied to a variety of conditions from thoracic outlet syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome to tennis elbow and trigger finger.

Firefighters battling cancer aided with new bill in Georgia

A bill was vetoed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal last year that would have allowed firefighters battling cancer to collect workers' compensation if they were able to provide enough evidence that their job caused the illness. The legislature is working on drafting a new bill following the veto to help the firefighters.

What is silicosis?

All jobs come with their own set of risks, but some are obviously more dangerous than others. While injury and death are a concern on many job sites, the silent, slow effects of deadly diseases may go overlooked. Exposure to certain materials for prolonged periods of time can be extremely harmful to the body. Silicosis is one of those diseases and affects those doing foundry work, glass manufacturing or mining.

Foot Drop: Resulting from a lower back injury at work

Peroneal nerve injuries can result in a complex condition known as "foot drop." Someone with drop foot has difficulty lifting his or her toes when trying to walk and may experience pain, weakness, numbness and even an odd, high-stepping walk in order to compensate and avoid tripping and falling.