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How to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome

It's not uncommon for people who work on computers all day long to develop a problem called carpal tunnel syndrome. This is an issue that affects the wrists of one or both hands. It can be prevented if the worker takes the proper precautions while on the job. If workers already have it, it can be mitigated to ensure that the pain is not too tough to handle.

How to apply for Social Security Disability after a heart attack

Heart attacks happen with little notice and can be devastating. When minor, many people are back on their feet within days. This includes returning to work. When they are severe, the injuries suffered can cause the patient to miss significant time at work or even lose his or her life. Here is a brief guide on applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) after a heart attack.

Safety stand-down hosted by OSHA for landscapers

Since 2013 there have been six fatalities in the landscaping industry in the state of Georgia. The Department of Labor reports that since 2012, 64 people employed in the landscaping industry have been killed in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. The numbers in Florida have tripled since 2012. These numbers have caused alarm with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

How asbestos exposure can lead to a mesothelioma diagnosis

Asbestos is a mineral that can be found organically in the environment in a number of everyday products, including insulation, shingles, brakes and flooring. Given its presence in a number of everyday products, once broken up, asbestos can be particularly harmful to an individual's health.

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.

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.

Occupational diseases that lead to workers' compensation

Occupational diseases can cause workers to miss time on the job, and if serious enough, can keep workers permanently out of work. Employers are required to keep their workplace safe from hazards that can cause employees to become ill, but in some professions it's unavoidable.

Poor indoor air quality can make you sick on the job

The quality of the air in your workplace can make a big difference to your health. If the air quality is poor, you could experience a range of symptoms, some of which might lead to serious health issues. If you are missing work because of such illnesses and you can prove they are related to the air quality in your place of employment, you might have a case for a workers' compensation claim.