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Do you follow these ladder safety tips at work?

Construction workers, among other professionals, often work on ladders throughout their day. While a ladder is one of the most useful tools on a job site, it's also one of the most dangerous.

Falls from ladders are among the most common ways that workers get injured.

Nurses face a serious risk of injuries on the job

Nurses are some of the health care workers most likely to be injured on the job. They perform many actions each day that could lead to injuries.

Whether a nurse is trying to help move a patient, is helping transfer them from a wheelchair to a bed, is providing an injection or IV, or taking other steps, they're at risk of being injured. From back strain to attacks from patients, nurses are always at risk of getting hurt on the job.

Chicken processors can suffer motion injuries and knife accidents

Working in a chicken processing plant isn't a glamorous job, but given how popular chicken is in the American diet, it is important work. A lot of people in Iowa and Nebraska make an honest living by helping turn chickens into clean and easy-to-cook food products. These workers play a critical role in helping to feed America.

Unfortunately, in addition to being messy, their work is dangerous. Those who work in chicken processing plants get exposed to raw chicken, which increases their risk of illness. The factories usually have hazardous chemicals, such as ammonia, which play a role in processing. Chemical exposure is a risk as well.

Can undocumented workers seek workers' compensation benefits?

In a single recent year, the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reports that undocumented immigrants comprise 3.5 percent of the total population of our country. Inevitably, a certain percentage of those without proper employment papers will wind up working.

Just as with those who can legally work here in the United States, some of the undocumented workers will get hurt on the job. Can these undocumented workers seek workers' compensation benefits?

The risks of working in a chicken processing plant

Working in a chicken processing plant isn't a glamorous job, but given how popular chicken is in the American diet, it is important work. A lot of people in Iowa and Nebraska make an honest living by helping turn chickens into clean and easy-to-cook food products. These workers play a critical role in helping to feed America.

Unfortunately, in addition to being messy, their work is dangerous. Those who work in chicken processing plants get exposed to raw chicken, which increases their risk of illness. The factories usually have hazardous chemicals, such as ammonia, which play a role in processing. Chemical exposure is a risk as well.

For truck drivers, nodding off isn't the only danger of fatigue

Commercial truck drivers must follow strict regulations regarding hours worked, and it's all done in an effort to reduce accidents caused by fatigue. If a driver falls asleep at the wheel, he or she is not the only one in danger. Other drivers and passengers can be seriously injured, as can pedestrians and cyclists.

Remember, a truck weighs as much as 80,000 pounds. All of that mass moving quickly and out of control, even for a short time, is extremely dangerous.

4 tips for avoiding serious injuries on the job

Workers' compensation provides a financial safety net if you get hurt on the job. Workers' compensation covers lost wages, rehabilitation, vocational training and medical care. If a worker dies due to work-related injuries, survivors can receive death benefits.

No one wants to have to pursue compensation through workers' compensation, just like no one really wants to get hurt on the job. That's why it's so important for employers to take the time to make your job as safe as possible. Here are four tips that can help keep you safer on the job.

What can your employer do to protect you in a meatpacking plant?

Meatpacking is a massive industry that is noted for its risks for injury. Meatpacking plant workers operate heavy machinery and are exposed to chemicals. It's a physical job, full of significant labor that never ends. And these are just a few of the risks that you face on the job.

Your employer should take steps to keep you safe. If they don't, you could get seriously injured on the job. Even when safety measures are implemented, you may still get injured because of the inherent danger of the profession.

Common occupational illnesses for the meat packing industry

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, meat packing is one of the most dangerous professions in America. Meatpacking exposes workers to cold temperatures, dangerous machines and plenty of sharp objects. While physical injuries such as severed fingers and blunt force trauma immediately come to mind when we think of the dangers associated with the industry, diseases are a big threat to the well-being of workers.

While we don't always think of diseases as something that worker's compensation covers, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills and any missed work due to the illness.

Motorcycle safety should always be a priority

With summer just around the corner, many people will be spending more time cruising the state on motorcycles. Part of the enjoyment of riding a motorcycle is directly related to the thrill that comes with operating one. However, the skill set required to ride safely is completely different from what one uses when driving a car.

After several months out of the saddle, it may be a good idea to refresh yourself on some safety techniques to help you avoid a motorcycle wreck this season. Here are a few safe riding tips you should follow on every ride, whether it is a multi-day road trip or a quick run to the corner store.

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