By the time they are 80, workers in Florida will have walked about 73,000 miles each -- based on the approximately 5,000 steps that the average worker walks every day. In certain occupations, like construction in which employees spend most of the day on their feet, it could even be more. Workers' compensation claims data shows that about four in 10 claims for illnesses and injuries involve fractures to feet and hands.
A recent tragedy at a Florida company claimed the lives of two men. Five others were also injured in the incident at the Big Bend Power Station. Officials state that the investigation of the accident could take six months. However, those injured and the survivors of the deceased are likely eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
If you operate or maintain machinery, you should be aware of how critical it is to use caution when working with the machines. People who misuse machines or use them without proper training run the risk of being seriously injured on the job.
If you are injured or get sick on the job, one of the first things you will want to consider is whether you can collect workers' compensation or not. These benefits are available to people who get into an accident through the course and scope of their employment.
Construction work is some of the most physical demanding work people can do. While there are a number of tools and regulations that can minimize the impact of and exposure to injury-causing accidents, there are still a disproportionate number of construction workers hurt or killed on the job.
Did you know that this Friday marks the annual Workers' Memorial Day? On April 28 every year, people around the U.S. are encouraged to take some time to honor the lives of people who have died in work accidents across the country.
If you have gotten hurt on the job, you probably take some comfort in the possibility of collecting workers' compensation. After all, these benefits are available to injured workers to cover medical expenses and at least a portion of lost wages, which can come of great relief to someone who cannot return to work right away.