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Falls remain the construction worker's biggest killer

A 63-year-old construction worker nearly fell to his death from the scaffolding at a construction site at Auburn University. A piece of scaffolding broke, sending him falling about 15 feet. His head and back were injured during the fall, leaving him in stable condition at the local hospital.

Georgia highway workers receiving training on road dangers

One-hour safety stand-down events are training highway workers in the state of Georgia how to be safe while on the job. The programs are teaching workers how to spot distracted drivers, how to avoid flying objects and other debris. The program was created via a partnership between the Federal Highway Administration, the state of Georgia, local governments and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Workers' compensation stemming from industrial workers' accidents

Industrial workers' accidents do not happen too often, but when they do, they can be serious enough to leave victims injured. Injuries can range from minor to severe, causing paralysis and even death in some instances. Some accidents can cause victims to miss extended time at work or not be able to return to work for the rest of their lives. Victims of industrial workers' accidents can acquire workers' compensation to help continue life.

5 facts you should know about workers' compensation

From the first day you start a new job, you are covered by workers' compensation insurance, which your employer is required to provide if he or she has three or more workers. In Georgia, workers' compensation is a program that employers provide to cover costs that incur from illness and injury that happens on the job. You may need help paying medical bills, covering your income while you are out of work and attending rehab for any injury. If you die because of a job-related injury, workers' compensation may also offer benefits to care for your family after you are gone.

What are the laws surrounding workers' compensation in Georgia?

No matter the schedule you work, you will want to know you are protected as an employee of any company from injury on the job. Accidents happen all the time -- some avoidable and some unavoidable -- but employees still need to know they are protected. There's nothing worse than getting injured on the job and having to miss extended time at work because of it. So, what are the laws surrounding workers' compensation in Georgia?

Is the poor indoor air quality where you work making you sick?

When the air inside a building is filled with pollutants, workers who spend the majority of their days there can end up very sick. Perversely enough, new and renovated buildings may actually have the worst air because they are sealed up tight for the sake of energy efficiency -- which also seals the pollutants inside.

Determining if workplace illness is covered under workers' comp

Suffering a workplace illness can put you out of a job for quite some time, if not permanently. People all over Georgia suffer workplace illnesses every year, even when they take precautions. If you are sickened on the job, it will be up to you to prove that the workplace illness happened while on the job.

When should you consider a civil suit for a workplace injury?

One of the benefits of being covered under workers' compensation is that you don't have to prove that you weren't at fault for the accident that caused your injuries -- your employer assumes the liability whether you were at fault or not.

Gainesville company faces fines in death of construction worker

A Gainesville company faces fines in the death of a construction worker this past fall. The company faces fines of almost $50,000 for failing to properly train the worker, equip the worker and support the worker. The worker died at a Gwinnett County worksite.

Many industrial jobs put temporary employees in harm's way

A lot of factories rely on temporary workers to fill out their staff. Using temps to fill openings when more workers are needed is cheaper for the company and eliminates the need to lay off regular employees during slowdowns. Temp workers, for their part, can see if they can handle the work and use their temporary position as a toehold to vie for better-paying permanent jobs when they become available.