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Workers' Compensation Archives

DOL says federal intervention may be needed

Workers' compensation benefits have fallen in South Carolina and across the country, leading the Department of Labor to call for possible federal intervention in state workers' compensation systems. The agency wants to investigate whether or not federal intervention is appropriate after a number of states have passed laws that make it more difficult for injured workers to get benefits.

Health care workplace injury data

Health care facilities in South Carolina and across the nation are subject to regular inspection and interrogation for data that may be used by analysts and regulatory organizations. A report from the Aon Global Risk Consulting Firm has discovered complex patterns related to injuries and compensation payouts in the health care industry.

Combustible dust in South Carolina workplaces

In some manufacturing jobs, combustible dust is a serious problem. When some types of dust are dispersed in the air, they might explode, causing serious injuries that can be fatal. It is important for workplaces in South Carolina and around the country to take steps to prevent dust buildup in order to prevent these types of explosions.

Workplace accidents and reporting requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has crunched a full year's worth of data since it launched severe injury reporting regulations at the start of 2015. This regulation requires employers in South Carolina and around the country to inform the agency within 24 hours of in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and eye losses of workers. The results revealed that 7,636 hospitalizations were reported along with 2,644 amputations in 2015.

Truck drivers and sleep apnea

Truck drivers in South Carolina and throughout the country may be required to undergo screening for sleep apnea under a proposed new regulation, but the potential rule has come in for a great deal of criticism as well. The Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration received nearly 600 comments on the issue both pro and con.

How employers can improve workplace safety

Business owners and human resources staff in South Carolina may want to consider how safe their workplaces are. Accidents can happen in any type of workplace from construction sites to offices. The first step is to take stock of the workplace's physical environment as well as any risks. This includes taking into account risks for employees who travel for the company.

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.

Keeping an eye on the weather

Heat and lightning are two hazards that South Carolina employers as well as their employees need to be aware of during the summer months. Hot and humid weather tends to have adverse effects on those who aren't used to working in such weather or aren't given enough resources to protect against the elements. Employers can help workers stay safe by making sure that they have a chance to rest in the shade and have plenty of water handy.

Tips on how nurses can be safer on the job

Nurses in South Carolina work for the health of their patients. However, these workers may want to consider their own safety while on the job. Some of the biggest risks for health care workers are sharps-related injuries, workplace violence and contact with allergens and toxic substances.

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