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Ground crew workers should be cautious in winter weather

Airline workers are sometimes out in the elements. Baggage handlers and others who work on the tarmac are usually outside in all sorts of weather. With winter right around the corner, these workers should ensure that they're prepared for what the Denver weather will bring.

Working in the cold comes with some specific hazards. Knowing these ahead of time can help them to prepare. Anyone working on the ground crew should remember these tips:

Navigating workers' compensation as an injured nurse

Nurses have a wide variety of responsibilities in their workplace. Not only do they need to have a high standard of medical knowledge to perform potentially life-saving procedures and emotional competence to comfort patients in difficult and distressing times, they also spend a lot of time doing physical work. This can include lifting patients from bed to bed or turning them over, which requires a lot of exertion.

If you have been injured as a nurse when participating in your day to day duties or because of an accident in the workplace, it is likely that you will need to seek medical attention and take time off work in order to recover. This will undoubtedly mean that you will lose money by needing to pay medical bills and losing wages. Therefore, it's important that you take action to gain workers' compensation. The following is what you need to know about navigating workers' compensation as an injured nurse.

Workers' compensation rights for airline workers

As an airline worker, you'll know that your work is often physically strenuous and exhausting. In addition to serving customers and making sure that their needs are met, you have the responsibility to ensure that they are kept safe at all times. This can lead to enormous amounts of stress, and in many cases, you will have to put your customers' safety and wellbeing ahead of your own.

There are many ways in which airline workers can become injured on the job. While severe turbulence may be considered one of the most common causes of injury, it's actually more common to suffer strains from carrying items, scalds from hot drinks and general exhaustion from demanding schedules. If you have been injured, it is important that you take the time to understand your rights as an airline employee.

Injured at work by a nail gun?

As a construction worker, you are used to working with a certain level of danger every time that you step onto the construction site. And it's true that you have chosen an occupation that is fraught with more danger than those working most other industries face.

One particular hazard are the nail guns that construction workers often put to daily use. Clients, company owners and workers alike tout the use of nail guns because they boost productivity significantly.

10 tips for drivers operating on an airfield

Individuals who work on the ground at airports need to ensure that they are handling situations in a safe manner. The airlines and airports for which they work must provide them with a safe work environment. Many of these workers do their job duties across vast areas of the airfield.

Anyone who uses vehicles to get around the airfield, as well as those who might have to walk around in the area should understand some of the best practices that come with these jobs. Remembering these may help to keep everyone out of harm's way:

  • Mind the markings that are around the airfield. This can help to prevent you from being run over by a moving airplane.
  • Pay attention to the location of airplane wings and engines that might extend beyond the movement areas of the airfield.
  • Carry a copy of the airport diagram in your vehicle so that you can always have a direction toward the facility where you need to go.
  • Contact air traffic control if you become disoriented or lost as you go about your duties.
  • Communicate using only established procedures and terminology when you're discussing things related to the airfield.
  • Remember that pilots have a limited viewing area similar to a blind spot for a driver and might not be able to see you.
  • Yield to moving aircraft because there is a chance that the pilot can't see you or is focused on other tasks like preflight checks.
  • Know where the hotspots are so you can be extra vigilant because these areas have an increased chance of safety critical incidents.
  • Never move on the airfield without having permission from air traffic control if you're working at a towered airport.
  • Utilize more caution at night or when the weather isn't clear because these are conditions that can lead to crashes.

New law protects 911 operators with post-traumatic stress

Workers' compensation should be there to provide for those who are hurt on the job, whether those injuries are psychological or physical. If you know anyone who works as a 911 dispatcher, you may see how seriously some of the cases they deal with affect them. It's devastating to hear someone screaming or crying on the other end of the phone line and having no way to get them help immediately.

Many 911 dispatchers are able to work through these traumas, but others need time off, therapy and support to get through post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns following particularly traumatic calls.

Recognize rotator cuff injuries, so you can seek help

Around the shoulder, there is a group of muscles and tendons that help keep the head of your upper arm bone in place. When there is an injury to one or more of those tissues, you may have an ache in your shoulder that doesn't seem to want to go away. Additionally, you may have trouble using your shoulder without significant pain.

Rotator cuff injuries are relatively common, especially as people age, but that doesn't mean that you should ignore it. If you suffer an injury at work, then you may be able to seek workers' compensation and the physical therapy, medical care and other supports you need.

Tower workers must have safe work conditions

Workers who erect, maintain and repair cellphone and electrical towers face some serious hazards. This job is often called the most dangerous in the country, and this likely isn't far from the truth. There are many reasons why this is the case, so the employers of these workers must ensure that they are being as safe as possible.

Mitigating hazards for someone working in this industry isn't a simple task. Things can change from one job site to the next and from one day to another. For this reason, each day might require a new safety plan even with the job site doesn't change. It is up to the supervisors to relay the appropriate information to the workers.

Accidental needle sticks in a hospital a real risk for staff

There are plenty of risks involved in working in modern hospital settings. Hospital staff members can wind up injured if they fall while rushing to respond to a patient. They could do permanent damage to their joints while attempting to move or lift a patient. They can face violence from patients with mental health problems or under the influence of drugs. They can also wind up exposed to deadly diseases.

Anyone working in a hospital could get exposed to infectious materials when someone coughs or sneezes. Additionally, cleaning up bodily fluids could create a risk of exposure to illness. However, accidental needle sticks can be particularly dangerous, as they can spread potentially fatal bloodborne diseases from patients to hospital workers.

A herniated disc can cause serious complications: Seek help

You love your job, but you do end up doing heavy lifting throughout the day. It's frustrating to have to work so hard when you're sore and tired, but you need to work to earn enough money to live comfortably.

You should have listened to your body, though, because during your last shift, you suddenly had severe pain as you tried to lift a box for a colleague. The pain shot down your legs, and it was bad enough that you ended up lying down on the floor.

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