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Kansas City Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Don't let a trench be your last resting place

If you are a construction worker in Missouri or Kansas, you will likely have to risk your life frequently. Some of the most hazardous surroundings in this industry are trenches, and although these are known risks, trench collapses continue to cause severe injuries and claim the lives of employees. If your employer prioritizes profits over employee safety, your life may be at risk.

Some business owners avoid the expenses of equipment to support trench walls, while others have grown complacent and fail to consider collapsing excavations. If your life is at risk in this way, you may want to learn about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's safety regulations with which your employer must comply.

Why the year 1970 may be crucial to your workers' comp case

In 1970, there were approximately 14,000 fatalities on the job throughout the nation, and some were probably here in Kansas. Then-president Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law. That same Act protects you in the workplace with OSHA-written and enforced safety standards nationwide. Whether you work in an office or on a scaffold 100 feet in the air, your employer is obligated to adhere to the standards set to keep your risk of injury as low as possible.

The law expects your employer to provide you with proper training and all the equipment necessary to keep you safe at work. Most employers are also obligated to purchase insurance through which you may file a claim to collect benefits if you suffer injury during work hours.

Adequate industrial safety training may keep you safe

If your position in the Missouri workforce puts you in a construction, mining or manufacturing environment, you will undoubtedly face countless hazards during every shift you work. Industrial hazards can cause fractures, musculoskeletal injuries, open wounds, falls and physical injuries. There are injury risks of varying types and severity in any workplace.

There is little chance of complete elimination of industrial hazards, but compliance with strict regulations and measures to protect the safety and health of employees may limit the number and severity of occupational injuries. If you arm yourself with knowledge about the potential hazards in your workplace environment and attend all safety-training programs, you might keep yourself out of harm's way.

Don't let your workplace injury affect your financial stability

Regardless of the industry in which you earn your living, your employer must provide workers' compensation insurance coverage. This program aims to provide both you and your employer with protection. While you can claim benefits for any workplace injury -- even one that you caused -- you may not file a lawsuit against your employer. Exceptions exist for cases in which your employer's gross negligence harmed you.

Knowing that you will receive benefits that will protect your financial stability in the event of an occupational injury or illness will likely provide peace of mind. However, it is essential to follow the necessary steps to ensure maximum workers' compensation benefits.

Offices and construction sites pose some similar injury hazards

In which industry do you earn your living? Have you noticed that many people seem to think that only those working in construction, manufacturing, mining and other high-risk industries face workplace injury hazards? The truth is that workers in all sectors can suffer occupational injuries or illnesses, and although their injuries might not involve blood and fractured bones, they could be as painful and could even result in long-term or chronic health problems.

On-the-job injuries can happen to any worker in any profession at any time. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says millions of workers nationwide suffer work-related injuries or diseases every year. Fortunately, if you are a workplace injury victim in Missouri or Kansas, you will be entitled to claim workers' compensation benefits to help you cope with the unanticipated financial burden.

Nurses: While you care for others, your health may be in jeopardy

Did you know that if your occupation is nursing, your job is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in Kansas? As a medical worker, you spend your days in an environment that is a potential source for contracting any one of many diseases or suffering an injury. Along with many other possible physical injuries, such as musculoskeletal trauma, you may face risks of suffering needle-stick wounds, cuts, burns, electrical shocks and more.

Furthermore, your emotional balance can be at risk when you spend time with severely ill patients or life-and-death situations. At these times, you might be most vulnerable to forget about protecting yourself from the unique hazards of the area in which you work.

Scaffolding safety and preventing unnecessary injuries

Kansas construction workers face various risks every time they report to work on a job site. Working in this industry comes with the chance that you will face injury at some point, but that does not mean that you do not have the right to a workplace that is as safe as reasonably possible.

Scaffolding is an important part of construction work, yet they can also be a source of great risk and danger when not used properly. Training, adherence to regulations and other measures can lead to a reduction in preventable scaffolding accidents. If you were hurt in a scaffolding accident on a construction site, you could have the right to workers' compensation benefits. 

Certain industries can pose more threats than others

Anybody who is part of the American workforce will be at risk of suffering an on-the-job injury or an occupational illness. Even white collar workers in office environments could slip or trip and fall or suffer repetitive strain injuries. However, offices are not regarded to be one of the four most dangerous industries in which the potential of suffering a life-changing or fatal injury is a reality.

There are certain industries in which workers leave for work every day with their loved ones wondering whether they will return unscathed. Safety authorities agree that too many preventable injuries occur, and no employee's life should be put on the line to earn a living.

Keep fighting for workers' compensation benefits after a denial

As a Kansas employee injured at work, you know how important it is to secure financial help as soon as possible after an accident. In most cases, injured workers can seek this financial support through a workers' compensation claim. However, it can be extremely difficult to actually secure these benefits, and you may be frustrated to learn that your claim came back denied.

As frustrating and overwhelming as it can be to learn that you must wait even longer for the benefits you deserve, you can still continue to fight. A denied claim is not the end of the road for you, but you may seek to reach a positive outcome to your situation by filing an appeal.

Beware -- protecting your hearing may be life threatening

Exposure to excessive noise can have severe long-term consequences. Are you working in an industry that could harm your hearing? Some believe the solution is a simple matter of wearing earplugs or muffs. However, depending on your workplace environment, you may be at risk of losing your life if you cannot hear approaching dangers.

When you wear ear protection, it will reduce your auditory awareness significantly, and it may leave you unable to avoid other potential hazards. Your employer must establish protocols to ensure your safety at such times. An example is a worker wearing earplugs while operating a jackhammer who will be run over by a 10-ton truck without ever knowing of its approach.

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