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It Was an Accident: What to Do after a Workplace Injury

Today, we have an article about workplace accidents from Anita Ginsburg, a freelance writer.

If you’re like most people, the idea of getting injured on the job is scary. In addition to lost wages and possible sky-high medical bills, who wants to deal with the logistics of a work injury?

But understanding how to do an injury report can be daunting. And if you don’t do it correctly, you could be denied worker’s compensation when you need it the most.

File an Accident Report

The first thing any employee should do after being injured on the job is to file an accident report. It’s preferred you report your injury in writing to your supervisor. In fact, several states have made it mandatory for all injury reports to be put in writing. Although verbal notice is allowed in some places, you should always report to any supervisor personnel in writing.

Seek Medical Attention

Upon filing your injury report, you should seek out medical help immediately. Even if you don’t think your injuries warrant medical attention, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Some injuries, such as back injuries and ligament tears, don’t present immediately.

In addition, the laws stated by the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) allow you to choose any certified doctor to treat you. However, if you are not a federal employee, then you won’t be covered by the FECA.

File a Workers Compensation Claim

When seeking medical attention, you must tell your healthcare provider if the injury is work-related. You also need copies if the doctor records the information as well. In some cases, both employers and workers’ compensation insurance companies will deny claims when medical records don’t specifically state the injury happened at work. Play it safe and ask for duplicate copies of all medical testing and doctor’s notes.

Contact a Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

Navigating the process of a workers’ compensation claim can be stressful. Not to mention, there are insurance adjusters that are trained to make statements that can go against your claim. If you don’t have solid understanding of your rights, it’s best to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer. They will explain your legal rights, complete the necessary paperwork and correspond with your employer and their insurance company to ensure you’re receiving what’s owed to you.

Above all else, never take a work-related injury lightly. If you suffer injury while on the job, take the necessary steps to ensure your legal rights and your health.

DIY Safety

Spring and summer is the time for DIY projects, both outside and inside. With DIY projects, more and more people are using their ladders to get work done. If you are a DIYer, here are a couple of reminders so you can keep getting your work done safely!

  1.  Move your ladder if you need to.  If you find yourself leaning, take two seconds to move your ladder closer to your work.
  2. Get a tall enough ladder. Standing on the top rung or top cap of your ladder makes it easy for the ladder to tip. If your ladder is not tall enough, find one that is.
  3. Find level ground. When working on your ladder, set it up on firm, level ground. If your ground is uneven, use a ladder with a leveler.

Stay safe while working on those projects!

Number of Ladder Accidents Each Year Infographic

Today, we have an infographic showing the number of ladder accidents, injuries and deaths per year. This infographic also shows how Little Giant Ladders helps prevent the most common ladder-related injuries. Check it out here!

DIYers and Ladder Accidents

Ladder-related accidents have been on the rise for the last couple of years. In fact, England has seen such an increase that the safety organizations are urging DIYers to be careful as they work on their projects.

So, what is so risky for DIYers?

DIYers are often in a hurry to get their projects done and don’t always put a focus on safety. In addition, workers have someone on the site enforcing OSHA guidelines, but nobody is at a person’s house reminding them to be safe and slapping on fines when safety rules are not followed.

So, if you like to do projects around your house, here are a few reminders:

  1. Don’t put your efforts to get the project done ahead of your safety.
  2. Never lean while on the ladder.
  3. Use the right ladder for the job
  4. Always maintain three points of contact when climbing the ladder
  5. On stepladders, don’t stand on the top rung or top cap. On extension ladders, make sure the ladder extends three feet (or three rungs) past the roofline.

If you have projects around the house you are working to complete, follow these tips so you can get your work done without having to take a stop at the ER.

Ladder Accident Knocks Out Musician’s Teeth

A Minnesota musician was injured in a ladder accident.  He was painting a house when he fell off the ladder, knocking out most of his top teeth.  The article is mostly about a benefit that was held to help cover his dental bills, and it doesn’t talk a lot about his accident.

When painting a house, here are a few safety reminders to prevent a ladder accident like this one.

  1. Move Your Ladder When Needed. Rather than leaning on the ladder, move your ladder to get closer to the job.
  2. Use scaffolding. If you will be working for a long time or will be moving from side to side, opt for scaffolding so you can stand long periods in one place or paint easily without having to move your ladder.
  3. Use the Right Ladder. One of the common mistakes on a ladder is not using a ladder that is tall enough. Instead of choosing a short ladder, make sure your ladder is tall enough for the room or building you are painting so you aren’t tempted to stand on the top rung or top cap.

Remember to work safely so you can return home to your family in one piece.

Climb on.

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