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Report breaks down workplace injuries by state, occupation

When workplace accident victims get hurt on the job, they may not be aware of the rights they have as injured employees. They may be able to file workers' compensation claims in order to cover the medical expenses associated with their injuries and to replace the wages they lose when taking off to recuperate from the injury. According to a recent report, more than one million workers hurt on the job across the country need to take at least one day off from work. For many people struggling to make ends meet, missing a day's salary while paying high medical bills is a strain on their finances, and workers' compensation may be one way to ease that financial burden.

Industrial accidents afflict craft breweries

In any industry, when demand for a product suddenly increases, the industry clambers to meet the demand and profit from it. However, in the search for an increase in the bottom line, industries often overlook the very people who are working hard to produce the product-the workers. The craft brewing industry may be turning into one such industry, with state inspectors and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration finding 547 violations - many deemed serious - in smaller breweries between 2003 and 2011. In comparison, there were only 151 violations in larger breweries that make 10 times more beer.

Heat-related workplace illnesses cause worker deaths

When the snow started melting and the sun started shining, North Carolina residents may have taken their picnic baskets to the park to enjoy the warm weather. However, as the temperatures continue to soar and humidity increases, the heat loses its charm, especially for outdoor workers. According to statistics gathered about workplace illnesses associated with heat, thousands of people become ill because of the heat and and around 60 of the 658 people who die annually from heat exposure are outdoor workers.

Reducing workplace injuries is good business sense

When a workplace injury takes place, it not only places a financial and emotional toll on the victims and their family members, but it also affects an employer's bottom line. This is why it is important to everyone affected that the injured employee recovery properly and timely.

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