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Common types of workplace retaliation to fight against

Despite employers' best efforts, workers will suffer injuries on the job. In 2016, California had over 100,000 non-fatal injuries take place at job sites across the state. A majority of these injuries were most likely to occur with men. 

After sustaining an injury, employees should file a workers' comp claim. While many people fear losing their jobs, it is illegal for an employer to fire an individual under such circumstances. However, many employers do retaliate against these employees in other ways. It is important for workers to remain aware of the signs of retaliation so they can take legal action if necessary. 

The aftermath of a loved one's head injury

It is heartbreaking when a loved one becomes injured due to an accident at work. One of the more common but serious results of a work accident, often taking place on a construction site or in a mine, is a head injury that leads to brain damage. The consequences of a brain injury will depend solely on the person and on the nature of the injury, however, it can affect a person in a multitude of ways.

Family members can, of course, find it difficult to adjust to a new life either caring for or adapting to the new behaviors and needs of their loved one. Here are some of the ways that a brain injury can change a person's behavior.

Repetitive strain injuries among scientists

It has been reported that many scientists are afraid to draw attention to their work-related injuries out of fear that it might hurt their career prospects, according to The Scientist Magazine. It is common for scientists to be engaging in repetitive motion actions when carrying out experiments in the lab. However, this risk for injury as well as the importance of prevention and the treatment of such injuries is often underestimated and even ignored by employers.

One scientist, it is reported, ended up being in constant pain in both arms after repetitive motion injuries. He was unable to even drive his car because of this injury, and attended physical therapy including activities such as yoga. Colleagues helped by taking over manual laboratory work. Although the steps that this scientist took helped to save his career and his health in the long term, many others hesitate to seek help until it's too late.

How to manage toxic exposure while on the job

It's the responsibility of all employers to provide a safe working environment for their employees to work within. Despite this, countless employees are exposed to harmful toxins either in the air or through contact on a daily basis.

Employers that house potentially toxic chemicals or other hazardous materials in the workplace are generally required by law to post what's called a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). This sheet's supposed to advise workers of how to safely handle and also contain an unexpected exposure to one of these substances.

Returning to work after a work-related injury

It can be an extremely stressful and frustrating experience to have been injured at work. Ironically, getting injured as a result of the tasks that you carried out at work can mean that you have to stop working for a time and lose wages as a result. Luckily, there are protections in place for workers so that they don't have to suffer financially while they are recovering and are not able to make an income.

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The different types of spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries can not only be extremely painful and dangerous, they can also damage a person's ability to live the way that he or she wants and contributes to a lowered quality of life. Spinal cord injuries are also a fairly common form of occupational injury, meaning that they occur very often in workplaces when people engage in heavy lifting, working with heights and other at-risk tasks.

Different types of spinal cord injuries carry with them different levels of seriousness. Generally speaking, the higher up the injury to the spinal cord, the more serious the injury. The most severe type of spinal cord injury is damage to the high-cervical nerves. This can lead to the arms, hands, body and legs becoming paralyzed and can even mean that the injured person cannot breathe without assistance. This can lead to the patient needing 24-hour care.

Common injuries for warehouse employees

Although the rate has declined throughout the years, a large number of workplace injuries still occur throughout California. In 2014, there were a reported 460,000 workplace injuries in the state, according to data from the Department of Industrial Relations.

Warehouse workers typically need to perform many physical tasks, such as moving bulk materials, packaging items together and transporting packages across the premises. Due to the conditions and presence of heavy-duty equipment, these workers face a greater likelihood of suffering an injury on the job. Here are some of the most common ones that occur throughout the industry. 

How crushed foot injuries are evaluated

Being injured at work can be a heartbreaking experience. Pain comes not just from the physical injuries, but the consequences it can have for your daily life. Then there's the stress that you may endure at the prospect of medical bills, lost wages, and wanting to get back to work.

Luckily, there are legal protections in place for those who are injured at work. It is well within your rights to makes claims for the damages that you suffered.

What are crush injuries and what happens if you suffer from one?

Crush injuries are one of the more serious types of workplace accidents an individual can be involved in. There are many ways this type of injury can occur. A building may collapse with workers in it, someone might get trampled in a stampede into or out of a building or open space or a worker may get pinned under or behind heavy machinery.

Any injury that compresses the limbs is considered to be a crush injury. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), 74 percent of all crush injuries affect the lower limbs. Another 9 percent impact the torso and 10 percent, the upper limbs.

How you can protect yourself from injuries in the workplace

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, just under 3 million full-time, private industry workers suffer nonfatal illnesses or injuries each year in the United States. Many of these injuries result from employers taking cost-cutting measures that undermine worker safety. This is why it's important for workers to be proactive in protecting themselves from getting hurt while on the job.

In terms of being proactive, it may be helpful to know that many workplace injuries are completely avoidable.

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