When we think about heat stroke on the job in Florida, we tend to think about employees who work outside. We know that construction workers, farmers, and other people who work outside during long, hot days are susceptible to heat stroke. However, employees who work indoors are also in danger of heat stroke. In some cases, the temperature indoors can be higher than the temperature outside. In buildings without proper ventilation, air circulation, or air conditioning, the risk of a heat stroke can increase dramatically. […]
Working on a road construction crew can be dangerous work. When your “office” is the side of a busy highway or interstate, simply doing your job can place you in life-threatening situations each day. Even though Florida doubles the original fine for speeding in work zones when workers are present, the fines are not enough to deter all drivers from putting construction crew employees at risk. When a construction worker is injured in a work zone, he or she can file a workers’ compensation claim to pay for medical treatment and provide temporary disability benefits. However, these benefits do not fully compensate the worker for all his losses and damages. As you approach a construction zone, remember the men and women working in the area are doing their job and deserve your patience and caution. Below are several suggestions to help avoid accidents in work zones. […]
Forklifts are used in a variety of jobs in Florida. These machines are extremely useful for efficiently moving items without placing the working in danger of suffering an injury from moving heavy or bulky items. Unfortunately, forklift accidents are a common workplace injury with over 20,000 injuries and over 100 deaths being reported each year from forklifts accidents.
One of the most common causes of forklift accidents is the lift overturning. An unloaded forklift can be dangerous, but an improperly loaded forklift can be deadly. A forklift should not be overloaded or carry items that it is not designed to carry. The first step in preventing workplace accidents involving forklifts is to institute safety measures and rules for the use of a forklift. The second step is to secure the forklift when not in use to prevent unauthorized use of the forklift. Three, employers need to provide training on how to use a forklift. […]
Kid’s Chance has launched an exciting new program aimed at providing stable and reliable income so that children of seriously injured workers can attend college. The program has three levels of sponsorship. The Partner Level requires a $20,000 commitment over four years, and the Associate Level requires a $10,000 commitment over four years. Anyone donating $500 or more will be placed within the Supporter Level. Each level has different recognitions for the donations. […]
If you have sustained an injury at work, this is probably a confusing time for you. Your immediate concern is medical attention for your injuries; however, you also have other concerns that must be addressed. One of the major concerns is how to pay for your living expenses if you miss work due to your workplace injury. A workers comp claim can help.
Florida’s workers’ compensation laws exist to address some of the vital concerns of injured workers, such as medical care and temporary income. While the workers’ compensation system in Florida should provide benefits in a timely and smooth fashion, workers must rely on insurance companies to fulfill the provisions of the workers’ comp laws. […]
Are you required to lift heavy objects as part of your job requirements? Has your employer ever asked you to do a bit of heavy lifting that you are not regularly required to do as part of your job? Employers will sometimes utilize employees when moving the office or placing items into long-term storage. These employees probably think nothing about the minor aches and pains they experience after moving heavy objects. However, those minor aches and pains can be a reason for filing a workers’ compensation claim. […]
According to Florida’s workers’ compensation laws, workers’ comp insurance only covers employees. The law requires that every employer who has four or more employees to have workers’ compensation insurance. The construction industry is an exception — a construction company with one or more employees is required to carry workers’ comp insurance. […]
NBC 6 News reported on the incident last week in Hialeah in which a former Miami-Dade firefighter pulled a gun on AT&T workers. According to the news report, Jorge Jove began firing his gun at the AT&T trucks around 11:30 a.m. outside of his home. Two workers were on site but not injured in the incident. Cellphone video shows Jove walk toward the trucks and shoot out the tires. Jove reloaded his gun several times as he continued to shoot at the trucks. […]
Florida’s workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect workers who are injured on the job. Most people associated a workplace “accident” with workers’ compensation; however, that is not the best definition of what is covered by workers’ comp. A better definition of what workers’ compensation covers is a workplace “injury”. Not all injuries in the […]
What Do You Need To Know About a Florida Workers’ Comp Claim?
If you are injured in a Florida workplace accident, you have the right to receive benefits under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws. Below are several FAQs about workers’ comp that can help you as you begin the process of filing a workers’ comp claim.
How long do I have to report a workplace accident?
If you are injured at work, you need to report the accident/injury to your employer immediately or as soon as physically possible. By law, you must report workplace injuries within 30 days of the injury or your claim may be denied. […]