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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:

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.

Do not delay reporting an injury in the workplace

If you are ever injured on the job in Georgia, even ever so slightly, you need to report the incident immediately. The report doesn't have to come the minute you are injured but it really should be done once you have been released from the hospital or the doctor's office. Make sure you do not delay reporting a workplace injury or else you could wind up losing out on workers' compensation benefits.

Georgia salvage yard accident results in 1 worker fatality

A salvage yard worker suffered fatal injuries when a truck fell on him in Clayton County. The 31-year-old worker was reportedly removing an automotive part from beneath a pickup truck when the weight of the truck shifted and the entire vehicle fell and crushed him. Tragically, there was nothing that could be done to save the victim. Emergency responders found the man dead at the accident scene.

Can exercises prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

Some people are more susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome than others. This devastating work-related, repetitive-use injury often befalls those who spend a lot of time using a computer, mouse and keyboard. The repetitive action of typing keys over and over again causes inflammation that results in painful and numbing nerve-pathway interference that may prevent someone from being able to carry out his or her job duties.

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