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When a brain injury changes a loved one forever

Your spouse suffers a head injury in a fall at work. You get the call after they have already arrived at the hospital. Doctors keep them in a medically-induced coma for a few days to let some swelling on the brain go down, and then they wake back up again.

Over time, the physical side of the injury heals. Cuts and bruises fade. They regain all of the physical skills and abilities they had before the fall. You feel grateful that things seem normal again.

Millions of teenagers face dangers in the fast food industry

Most people see the fast food industry as an entry-level job, a way to gain some experience in a relatively undemanding job that does not require an education or special training. That's why it is one of the first places that teenagers turn when it comes time to get some work experience on their resume. Reports indicate that there are about 2.5 million teens in the United States who work in restaurants.

Injury risks

The 5 basic things that workers' comp covers

After two years on the job without a single accident, you finally get hurt at work. It's fairly serious -- not life-threatening -- but you end up in the hospital. You spend two nights and then get to go home.

Even though you're home, you are nowhere near recovered yet. The doctor tells you that you won't be able to go back to work for six months. Your body needs time to heal.

Do older workers face higher injury risks?

At any age, workers can get hurt on the job. However, you may find yourself wondering what type of statistical impact age has. Do older workers face higher risks than younger workers, or is it the other way around?

While you could make a logical argument either way, the reality is not so simple. It all depends on what you mean by "risk."

Office workplace injury hazards: Are you at risk?

Every workplace has its hazards. This means that even the most relaxed office environment can pose risks to the workers who are there.

Office injuries are actually very similar to the injuries that happen in other places. For instance, falls are a leading cause of accidents. Another risk is tripping. Repetitive-strain injuries are a third risk that many office workers are exposed to.

Airport workers face unique injuries on the job

Airport workers are exposed to many hazards every day. In fact, it's extremely easy to get hurt on the job if precautions aren't taken.

Some of the unique dangers that airport workers face include:

  • Needle sticks
  • Transportation accidents
  • Physical abuse or attacks
  • Back injuries
  • Trip-and-fall injuries

Which industries see the most days out of work for injuries?

When looking at the severity of workplace injuries, one important thing to consider is how long workers have to spend out of work after they get hurt. This gives an indication of how bad those injuries were, and it also speaks to the total financial cost in lost wages, medical bills and the like. In addition, it gives you a sense of the cost to the company itself in lost production or finding replacement workers.

So, which industries see injuries keep workers out the longest? Here are some of the median days out of work for a few notable professions:

  • Mining injuries: 31 days away from work
  • Local government warehousing and transportation: 21 days away from work
  • Other warehousing and transportation: 20 days away from work
  • Transportation, utilities and trade services for local government: 16 days away from work
  • Public order, justice and safety activities for state government: 14 days away from work

6 tips to avoid ladder falls

It only takes you a split second to reach the ground when you fall from a ladder, but your whole life can change in that time. Even if it's a short ladder -- six or eight feet -- you could suffer serious back, neck or head injuries. Higher falls could lead to paralysis, permanent injury and death.

You don't think about these risks every time you climb a ladder. You just think about getting the job done. You think about the task at hand. If you're a construction worker or a contractor, you probably climb ladders every day.

Taking care of sanitation workers is in everyone’s best interest

Every job is important, but if certain jobs went undone, there would be immediate public outcry. Some of those jobs include, doctors, police officers, mail carriers and sanitation workers. Few other occupations work so hard and with so little thanks as sanitation workers.

Sanitation workers serve one of the most important jobs of all. Without waste collection, we could not live the relatively sterile lives that we do today. Garbage would pile up, we would have bug and rodent infestations and new and old diseases would be widespread. Given how badly we need sanitation workers, shouldn’t we be paying more attention to their health and safety on the job?

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