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July 2016 Archives

Understanding the going and coming rule in South Carolina

When a person is injured in a work-related accident, the employer may be held liable for the losses suffered by the employee. This is true when the employee is driving for work purposes or when the employee is injured while attending a work event.

Reducing workplace hazards in South Carolina

Most South Carolina workers who are injured on the job are covered by their employer's workers' compensation insurance. When the number of claims rises, this could lead to an increase in premiums. In addition, a company may also lose money because of lost productivity, the costs of training a new employee or paying others overtime to make up for the loss of a team member.

Gender bias in workers' compensation claims

Anyone could become injured or develop an illness while on the job, but even people who suffer from the same kind of ailment could receive different amounts when filing for workers' compensation. For instance, women in South Carolina and other states might be given less benefits than men.

OSHA strengthens rules protecting workplace injury reports

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, is a federal organization that bears primary responsibility for overseeing workplace safety in the state of North Carolina. They have recently instituted a set of rule changes that promise to safeguard a worker's ability to report workplace injuries. A major part of these rules is set to phase into action Aug. 10.

Options for victims of South Carolina truck accidents

Going to court is not always necessary to receive compensation as a victim of a trucking accident that was caused by the negligence of the truck driver or company. Often, disputes are resolved before the parties involved end up in court, through different methods of negotiation. In many cases, settling out of court saves everyone involved time and money.

Welding fumes and avoiding exposure injuries

A routine part of many South Carolina workers' jobs is welding, whether full- or part-time. While welding may seem like a normal part of the job, it is important that welders understand the risks that are involved if they are exposed to the fumes that are produced. Both pressure and fusion welding produce dangerous gas and metal byproducts in the fumes. Workers may be exposed to such substances as arsenic, lead, manganese, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and others, resulting in dangerous health problems.

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