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How is an occupational disease defined?

When people are injured at work in the state of Arizona, workers' compensation can help pay for expenses when a person is not able to work. Some injuries happen because of single accidents like falls or heavy machinery failing. On the other hand, chronic diseases may develop from repetitive movements or contact to dangerous chemicals or other exposures. But, how exactly is an occupational disease defined?

According to the Arizona State Legislature, occupational disease is defined by six requirements. Those include: a direct link between work-related activity and the disease, the disease follows as natural incident of work, there is a proximate cause, the disease is not related to outside work exposures, the disease is related to the character of the work and originated as risk within the business and could not have been foreseen or expanded.

What are the "fatal four" of construction accidents?

Construction accidents can turn very serious very quickly. Workers in Arizona who are dealing with heavy equipment, deadlines and a fast-paced environment may have accidents that can range anywhere from minor to major. Minor injuries may involve scrapes and bruises, but a major equipment malfunction or accident with heavy machinery could end in severe work injuries or even death. While the construction industry can see all manner of work-related accidents, there are four major accident groups that fatal injuries fall under.

According to information from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), in 2013 there were 3,929 work fatalities in private industry. Of those deaths, 796 were in construction. The top four categories of injury included falls, strikes from objects, electrocutions and caught-in/between. The percentage breakdown of these types of deadly accidents was as follows: 36.9% falls, 10.3% struck by object, 8.9% electrocutions and 2.6% caught-in/between. According to the information from OSHA, if these four types of fatal injuries were eliminated, 468 workers' lives would be saved every year in the United States.

Why a worker's report of injury is important

There are a variety of people in Arizona who work in different fields that have varying levels of risk for getting an injury at the workplace. An injury at work is a very serious problem that could have both healthcare and financial implications. If you or someone else is injured at work, you are likely to have a claim for workers' compensation. One of the most important things to do when an injury occurs is to have a report filed with your employer.

An injury report is important because it lays out the details as to why and how a worker was injured. It creates a paper trail of an injury and documents the necessary details that may be forgotten following an accident. A worker's report of injury may contain important details, such as how the injury occurred and the length of time that is expected for necessary medical treatment.

Hurt on the job

Thousands of injured worker's file claims in Arizona aevery year.  Many claims are denied for various reasons.  It is essential to reeport your injury to a supervisor immediatel.  You must see a doctor and give a good history of how you were injured.  You should follow the doctor's recommendations for treatment and for working within any restrictions, if your employer has light duty.   T

What is occupational cancer?

There are many questions about the occupational diseases that can harm Arizona's workers. Unfortunately, individuals can be exposed to a variety of dangers, many times without even knowing it. Occupational diseases typically develop dependent upon what a worker is exposed to. Perhaps most terrifying is that these diseases can be present anywhere, from construction sites to regular offices. Occupational cancer is one of the worst diseases that can be contracted, and often occurs when a worker is exposed to carcinogens.

Occupational cancer, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a type of cancer that is caused partly or wholly by being exposed to a carcinogen at work. This can fall into a wide range of cancer types, but millions of people in the workplace are exposed to chemicals and elements that have been linked to cancer in animal testing. The CDC estimates that around four to 10% of cancers in the United States are occupational in nature.

Phoenix industrial workers'accident kills man

A tragic Phoenix accident involving someone at work leaves many questions in the air. Family and friends feeling devastated after the loss of a loved one. In the wake of a tragic accident, important questions should be answered. Finding financial support after a catastrophe can help a family with daily living expenses. A deadly industrial accident often involves an investigation into how the accident occurred.

A tragic accident occurred in Chandler, just outside Phoenix, where a man was killed after getting trapped in a wood chipper. The accident happened at about 10 a.m. when a call was made to the local police. The man was killed at the scene of the accident. The wood chipper was parked behind a vehicle with a logo for a local tree pruning service. Chandler police arrived at the scene of the accident and are investigating the case. A hat was found near the industrial machine. The victim was unidentified.

Work-related inspections in Arizona by ADOSH

Being concerned about workplace safety is important. Procedures can always be improved and there are new ways of looking at safety. Every organization, whether it is in any field, from construction to web design, should have a priority to make the place of work safe. In Arizona, it's important for an employer to provide all workers with a safe environment to perform the responsibilities of their position. This can range from maintaining temperature conditions to making sure heavy equipment is handled with extreme caution. Often standards are held in compliance by inspections.

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) is responsible for completing inspections of the work place in Arizona every year. What do they do? According to information provided in their 2013 Annual Report, inspections are completed for a variety of reasons. Those could result from a complaint, referral, a work-related accident, a planned effort or a follow-up to a previous violation.

We help people who get hurt at work

Getting into an accident at work can range from minor to severe. A bad injury in Arizona for a worker can put him or her in the hospital and lead to permanent disability. There are a variety of options for someone who is hurt at work and we offer different solutions for those who are hurt, depending on their situations. Everyone's injury is different and it's important to have compensation for an injury if you are hurt at work.

An injury at a job site can be devastating. Recently, we wrote on our blog about how SSDI benefits relate to workplace injures. Our firm represents a wide variety of clients with injuries ranging from relatively minor to more permanent. When someone is hurt, he or she deserves the best medical care and other financial support if he or she is unable to go back to work.

How do SSDI benefits relate to workplace injuries?

If someone is severely injured on the job, they may want to seek out different options for financial support. There are a variety of programs that are available for those in the state of Arizona, but often people are unaware of what program does what. In today's ever-evolving economy, it's important to look at Social Security Disability benefits and how they work.

If someone suffers a workplace injury and has lost time at work, they may have questions about the options they have for Social Security Disability benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, the program is available to someone who, due to a medical condition expected to last at least a year or ultimate prove fatal, cannot continue working. There is a very strict definition of disability that is defined by the federal government.

NJ steam blowout a warning for Arizona industrial companies

A factory accident or other injury at work can put workers in the hospital or expose them to dangerous chemicals. Arizona employers have a responsibility to protect their workers by ensuring workplace safety. This is especially important with industrial companies that work with heavy machinery, dangerous products and high-stress environments. Proper safety can prevent bodily harm, including eye injuries, and keep workers protected.

A 23-year-old man at an Edison laboratory in New Jersey was severely injured recently while cleaning a 250-gallon container. The container was one used by the company to process facial cream. Steam escaped from the tank, striking the victim in the chest and causing third-degree burns. The man was transported to a local hospital with burns across his legs, arms and chest. A second victim was injured while trying to aid the first victim. Investigators on the scene said they found no evidence of chemicals released into the air.

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Jerome, Gibson, Stewart, Stevenson, Engle & Runbeck, P.C., provides experienced representation for workers' compensation and Social Security Disability cases in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, Avondale, Casa Grande, Flagstaff, Prescott, Tucson and Yuma, and throughout Maricopa County, Pima County, Pinal County and Yavapai County, and all of Arizona.

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