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What can workers do if their workplace is unsafe?

Every worker has the right to a safe and healthy work environment. There is no exception to this rule, regardless of the industry in which one works. Naturally, certain jobs are more dangerous than others, but these industries are expected to uphold an even higher standard of safety and care for their employees.

Spinal cord injuries after Florida work accidents

On some level, people think that an accident could never happen to them, only to others. While this may not be a conscious thought, many people who have suffered a serious injury after an accident will say that they never thought it could happen to them. The reality is, accidents and injuries can happen to anyone.

Scaffold injuries occur often for Florida construction workers

. Most construction workers can take pride in how hard they work from sun up to sun down. Unfortunately, accidents can befall construction workers and result in serious injuries and the need for medical attention. These injuries can continue to compound into negative effects for the worker by causing victims to lose wages due to an inability to work.

Legal help available for Florida workers' compensation claims

Under Florida law, all construction employers and all other employers with four or more employees must provide workers' compensation coverage to their employees. If one or more of these employees are injured in the course and scope of employment, the employees are eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

How OSHA does protect employees from workplace injuries?

In 1906, Upton Sinclair published the landmark novel, "The Jungle", shining a light on the harsh and dangerous working conditions of employees in the meatpacking industry. It wasn't until more than six decades later though, when the United States government formed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, and passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, that worker's rights were legally protected against hazardous working conditions.

Are construction workers being injured in preventable accidents?

Construction is an important industry in Palm Beach County and throughout Florida. In fact, the Florida Bureau of Labor Market Statistics predicts that building construction will be among the fastest growing industries this year. Unfortunately, a recent article questions whether safety practices are keeping pace with the growth in the construction and shipping industries.

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