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South Carolina debates workers' compensation for first responders

There is a lot of hard work keeping communities in South Carolina moving the right direction. Factory workers, mechanics and others in high-risk jobs may know the price as well. This is why the Palmetto State has a series of laws and a state agency that guarantee injured workers rights to compensation for their medical expenses.

Listen up about National Protect Your Hearing Month

Many industries commonly contribute to hearing loss among countless Americans, but it is important to note that it is not required to work in a hazardous industry to put one’s hearing at risk. Hearing loss, including job-related hearing damage, is a prevalent risk affecting people in South Carolina and elsewhere.

Spinal fusion treatments may treat chronic back pain

Many workers in California suffer from chronic back pain regardless of the field they work in. Even office workers can develop back injuries from moving office equipment or sitting for long periods of time on poorly designed chairs. Still, workers who perform manual labor face a higher risk of developing back injuries, particularly if they do a lot of heavy lifting. Bad falls may also lead to back injuries, such as falling from a roof or down a long flight of stairs.

How to identify the signs of a brain injury

Whether you work at a construction site, in a warehouse or at the office, you run the risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury while on the job. Within all industries across the United States, there are occasions where workers may slip-and-fall, trip over objects, fall from heights or have objects dropped on their heads. Traumatic brain injuries occur when a sudden bump or jolt to the head causes the brain to hit against the hard bony skull. This can cause the brain to bleed and swell, as well as damage brain cells, causing a number of different problems. 

Returning to work after a job-related injury

Workplace injuries happen in countless ways and impact workers across various fields. Some injuries result in temporary difficulties, while others lead to permanent hardships. In some cases, workers are able to return to their previous position after they have recovered from an injury, while others may be able to continue working for the same company in a different capacity. There are a number of issues you may need to be aware of if you plan on returning to work following a workplace accident.

What are the signs of hypothermia?

While it may not get too cold too often in South Carolina that does not mean there are no risks for hypothermia in outdoor work environments. According to the Mayo Clinic, hypothermia occurs when your body cannot keep itself warm enough because it is losing heat too fast. Generally, you are hypothermic if you have a temperature of 95 degrees or less.

How much will I get paid for a work injury?

If you get injured at work in South Carolina, your employer probably has workers' compensation insurance that will pay for your injury. Most employers are required to carry this insurance on workers. Often, injuries are severe enough that you miss at least some time on the job. You probably want to know if you will be paid for that time off. When it comes to workers' compensation, the Workers' Compensation Commission explains that you can get paid, but there are limitations to those payments.

What kinds of injuries does workers' compensation cover?

While some industries are significantly more dangerous than others, no matter where you work in South Carolina, you face unique risks every day when you arrive at your job. While your employer has probably implemented guidelines and protocols to mitigate accidents in the workplace, there may still be incidents that result in the unexpected injury of yourself or one of your colleagues. 

Bystanders injured after sudden scaffolding collapse

Fall-related injuries are some of the most common injuries in the construction industry. Often, these types of accidents are related to scaffolding. While many South Carolina companies go to extensive efforts to guarantee that their workers stay safe and understand how to properly assemble scaffolding equipment, accidents can still happen. Unfortunately, in some instances, these situations can create risks for everyone in the surrounding area, even bystanders and pedestrians. 

Manufacturing jobs in america: are they getting better?

Young workers in search of jobs and those in full-swing careers alike probaby wonder what their industries might look like in the future. Keeping a close eye on the outlook of one's field of work is a measure many American employees take to best adjust to change. When it comes to the manufacturing industry, should South Carolina workers expect to see better safety precautions, and ultimately better working conditions?  

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