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2 aspects of keeping scaffolds safe for workers

Have you ever been on-the-job at a Georgia construction site, climbed up to the top of a scaffold and discovered that the entire structure was unsteady and wobbling? It's hard to believe, but countless construction workers endure conditions like this on a daily basis -- which can lead to catastrophic injuries and death.

Workplace accidents and wage replacement benefits

One of the most important benefits provided by the Georgia workers' compensation program is the possibility of wage replacement. For some workers who are so severely injured that they can't perform their job duties, they can ask for aid to help cover their lost wages. There are four primary forms of wage replacement under Georgia's workers' compensation law:

Are you aware of the risks of boating under the influence?

There are many lakes in Georgia, and because of the usually fine weather, people can enjoy being out on the water for much of the year. There is an exhilaration, a feeling of freedom in taking a boat out on the lake. However, when boat operators have a few drinks, they put themselves and everyone around them at risk of an accident.

How to heal a broken arm after a bicycle versus car accident

Imagine you're riding your bicycle along the side of the road while obeying all traffic laws. It's the early evening hours and you've turned on the headlight of your bike and you're wearing your bicycle helmet. Unfortunately, a motorist distracted by his cellphone doesn't see you and clips the side of your bike, sending you flying onto the pavement. Because you were wearing a bike helmet, you survived the fall, but not without severely breaking your arm.

How much are workers' compensation death benefits?

When a worker dies during the course and scope of performing his or her job duties, close family members -- and financial dependents -- may be able to pursue workers' compensation claims to receive death benefits via the Georgia workers' compensation system. These benefits, which are usually paid via regular installments, can serve as a lifeline of financial support to family members who may be struggling after a primary contributor to their financial security passes away unexpectedly.

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