If you work for a company with drug testing policies and safety incentive programs, you should be aware that the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new rules designed to prevent those policies from being used to quiet employees about workplace accidents.
In Illinois, the passing of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program has left some employees confused about how the Compassionate Use Act and the Workers' Compensation Act relate. Here are some answers to frequent questions.
Illinois is home to a wide variety of industries, many of which pose serious injury risks to workers. Most residents would immediately agree that it is important to report a serious accident. Workers know that prompt and accurate reporting is a key factor in getting workers' compensation if the injury takes them out of the workplace. However, many workers choose not to report a minor work accident.
The 'gig' economy, also often referred to as the 'sharing economy', generally just refers to jobs like driving for Uber or Lyft. These are jobs based on short-term contracts, where a person is basically paid for each small task.
Workplace injuries are no joke. In 2013, they claimed 4,585 lives, according to a report from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. On top of that, it's thought that exposure may cause up to 50,000 deaths annually.
Do you ever feel like your boss is rushing you in the workplace? Do you feel so much pressure that you think you'll never be fast enough, no matter how quickly you get the job done?
If you're hurt on the job, don't try to tough it out and keep it to yourself. You may be embarrassed about getting hurt or tempted to think it's no big deal. However, there are some very important reasons to file the report -- one of which is that you need proof that you were injured in the first place.
Workplace injuries can happen for many reasons, some of which absolutely can't be predicted. However, experts have noted that there are common trends that can be followed, and so some of the top reasons for these injuries include:
A man working for Independence Tube Corp was killed on the job back in October of 2015, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration came in after the incident to do an investigation. They found multiple safety violations and notable unsafe conditions. As a result, the company has to pay $17,290 and take steps to reduce the workplace hazards.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is part of the Department of Labor, a work-related musculoskeletal disorder is a disorder or a disease brought on by a bodily reaction, repetitive motion or overexertion, targeting the muscular system and the skeletal system.