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Workers' compensation can provide financial relief after injury

The recent penalties issued to a utility contractor in Florida underscores the many ways in which employers expose their workers to life-threatening hazards. Too many workers suffer catastrophic injuries or even lose their lives due to business owners' noncompliance with federal safety regulations. While the fact that workers' compensation benefits are available may provide some comfort, it could never replace a lost limb or loved one.

Workers' compensation: Will it cover deceased circus performer?

When a life is lost in a Florida workplace, the surviving family members are typically entitled to seek financial relief. This is done by filing a workers' compensation death benefits claim. However, in some cases, such claims can be extremely complicated, especially if the deceased worker was employed by an entity from another state -- or even another country.

Workers' compensation denied for first responders mental health

Following the horrific tragedy of the recent shooting at a Florida high school, Jimmy Patronis, chief financial officer and state fire marshal of Florida, visited the area to talk to first responders. His particular concern is the mental health care access for these workers who, without second thoughts, would put their lives on the line for others. However, he came away with the conclusion that with the current workers' compensation rules, first responders are shamefully let down.

Workers' compensation: Employers refuse protection for roofers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety rules covering roof workers in Florida. However, the agency says there has been an 80 percent increase over the past two years in the number of citations issued in the Jacksonville area for contractors allowing employees to do roof work without the required fall protection. Falls are said to be the cause of a significant percentage of all workers' compensation claims.

Workers' compensation claims may follow on-the-job fatalities

Florida business owners must protect their employees from harm on duty. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations with which employers must comply. Many workers' compensation benefits claims are filed every year after injuries are caused by the failure of employers to provide safe work environments.

Workers' compensation claim may follow death of apprentice

One of the many safety hazards to which construction workers are exposed is elevation equipment such as scissor lifts and forklifts. The risk of using such a vehicle is exacerbated if the operator is not adequately trained or qualified to drive it, and many workers' compensation claims for death benefits claims follow such safety violations. This danger was underscored recently when a worker died a tragic death at a construction site in Florida.

Workers' compensation benefits available for injured workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it recently cited one of the primary utility providing companies in Florida. This followed a May incident in which four workers landed in the hospital after they were exposed to a toxic substance -- an incident that likely led to workers' compensation claims. Anhydrous ammonia is a hazardous gas, and exposure can cause respiratory irritation, skin burns and even suffocation. Investigators determined that the dangerous release of gas was caused by a pipeline that was over pressurized.

Workers' compensation benefits available after trench collapses

Trenches are some of the most dangerous workspaces for workers. For this reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has national emphasis programs at regular intervals to monitor trench safety and create awareness of the potentially deadly hazards that excavations pose. A significant number of workers' compensation claims involve trench-related injuries every year. Following an inspection during an emphasis program, a Florida-based company is facing proposed penalties totaling almost $150,000.

Workers' compensation benefits may help after workplace fatality

Manufacturing plants in Florida and other states pose various hazards, many of which involve machines and equipment. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers must ensure that workers are not exposed to moving parts of machines. A significant number of workers' compensation claims result from noncompliance with these safety regulations.

Workers' compensation: Crane operator thrown off overpass

Road construction projects on Florida highways will always endanger the lives of all those involved. Employees of construction companies may find some comfort in knowing that they are covered by the workers' compensation insurance program. This coverage will be particularly welcome for one worker who miraculously survived a recent fall off an overpass on State Road 836.

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