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5 common workplace illnesses

You expect your workplace to be a safe environment. Depending on your occupation, you may or may not be in love with your job, but you probably consider it generally healthy and safe. However, no workplace is completely safe from potential environmental hazards or improper maintenance. 

Workplace hazards can not only result in injuries, but also illnesses. But what illnesses can develop at your job? Here are five common workplace illnesses you could be at risk of contracting in a harmful environment: 

3 common railroad injuries

Being a railroad worker can be dangerous; you are exposed to multiple hazardous conditions and risky tasks every day. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the railroad industry has a significantly higher fatality rate than the average rate in the private sector. 

When railroad accidents happen, the ensuing injuries are often severe and deadly. These accidents can result in lost work, financial devastation and a reduced quality of life. Here are some common injuries you may experience as a railroad employee. 

New Jersey motorcycle safety tips

As a motorcyclist, you are uniquely vulnerable on New Jersey roads. Without the same amount of protections or visibility as car drivers, you are more likely to get into an accident. You also have a higher risk of getting injured or dying because of a collision. 

It is crucial for you to be aware of motorcycle crash statistics, safety tips and helmet laws. Below is an overview of all this motorcycle safety information from the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety. 

Am I eligible for workers' comp benefits in New Jersey?

In many ways, workers' compensation is the great bargain that ownership and labor arrived at before our time. Companies today are required to carry insurance that pays employees if they are injured on the job in exchange for workers not suing them in court.

It's generally a fair deal. But, it's important to understand whether or not you are eligible under New Jersey law. The first step in determining whether you are, in fact, eligible is assessing whether you are an "employee" in the eyes of the law.

Saving money with a summer job? Be wary of workplace injuries.

Getting a summer job is a time-honored American tradition. No matter whether you're saving up for your first semester at college or just trying to help out your parents, nothing says you're on your way to adulthood like joining the workforce.

Unfortunately, not every aspect of employment is positive, and as you're building your résumé, you may experience the downsides firsthand. While having to get up on time and act responsibly can be unpleasant, they pale in comparison to the risks of workplace injuries that many teens face.

What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?

Applying for Social Security benefits is complex enough without you having to worry about if you are applying for the right program. However, not understanding the difference between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income can lead to a rejection.

They are similar in that they both provide monthly financial assistance to those with disabilities (using the same standard of qualification) and come from the Social Security Administration. When you apply for SSI, it also counts as applying for SSDI. However, the similarities end there.

Millville Workers' Compensation Lawyers: Common Injuries HVAC Technicians Face and How to Avoid Them

WCHVAC.jpgJobs that require physical exertion put workers at a greater risk of being injured when compared to more sedentary professions. One position that requires workers to use their strength, balance, and dexterity is heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installers and maintenance workers, also known as HVAC technicians. In this position, the technician is frequently on their feet, lifting heavy objects and placing them in clients' homes and commercial properties. When a worker is injured on the job, Millville Workers' Compensation Lawyers remind them that they can seek compensation for their medical expenses and lost wages while out of work.

Bridgeton Workers' Compensation Lawyers: New Jersey Crane Accident

WC-Crane-Operator-Injury-LFR.jpgA man working for Norfolk Southern Rail in Jersey City was fatally injured in an industrial accident recently. Preliminary reports indicate that the wire component of a crane lift snapped while the crane was lifting a heavy freight container. The employee was crushed by the freight and lost his life on the scene. Bridgeton Workers' Compensation lawyers report that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been notified of the incident.

Vineland Workers' Compensation Lawyer: OSHA's Top 10 Most Common Workplace Hazards

Each year the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) publishes a list of the 10 most common health and safety violations it has uncovered in workplace inspections throughout the fiscal year. The last list released is remarkably similar the annual lists from previous years. The top 10 most common workplace hazards involved:

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