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Medical Guidelines

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The Variance Process as put forth in the 2010 and 2012 New York Workers’ Compensation Board Medical Treatment Guidelines do not address the realities facing the Injured Workers’ of New York. Of course, if you get hurt at work in NYC you should consult a Bronx Workers Compensation lawyer, a Queens Workers Compensation Lawyer, a New York Workers Compensation lawyer, Staten Island Workers Compensation Lawyer or a Brooklyn Workers Compensation lawyer, or if on Long Island, a Long Island Workers Compensation lawyer. If you consult an attorney at Harris Ugalde & Rzonca, LLP, you can speak to a lawyer about this in either our Queens, Brooklyn or Bronx office. For injuries to the knees, shoulders, back and neck, medical treatment is authorized post-accident per the 2012 Medical Treatment Guidelines. The Workers’ Compensation Law dictates the care given to injured workers.

According to the Guidelines, (1) Medical care for workers’ compensation injuries to the neck, low back, mid back, shoulder, and knee must be provided in a manner “consistent with the MTG.” This is the standard for doctors and health care providers to follow. (2) “Consistent with the MTG” means that care is provided within the criteria and based upon a correct application of the MTG. What is “within the criteria” and “a correct application” is left open for the WCB’s WC Judges to interpret. While this may seem open-ended the general consensus from the Board and our experience in going to hearings is that the injured worker is given 3 months of accident treatment such as physical therapy and chiropractic care.

Anything beyond these three months are generally not considered approved by the guidelines. If the claimant undergoes surgery to the knee, shoulder, back and neck, then again the general consensus is the claimant is entitled to treatment for 3 months post-surgical. Again anything beyond these three months are generally not considered approved by the guidelines. A person however, is not a guideline but a living thing. People heal on their own time in many instances. What, however, does an injured worker do, when he or she is in need of continued treatment beyond these 3 months. To attempt to deal with this eventuality, the Board has implemented the Variance Process. The Variance Process states that the treating provider must file a form called an MG-1 for one procedure or modality, or an MG-2 for multiple procedures or modalities, for any treatment outside the guidelines that they feel is necessary. The carrier is therefore placed in an advantageous position by this process. Basically, it means that all care rendered is deemed to be unauthorized until an action by the medical provider. Therefore, the burden is on the medical provider to meet the guidelines for a Variance in order to treat the claimant. Per the Workers Compensation Law, the medical provider requesting the variance has the burden of proof to show that the treatment requested is appropriate and medically necessary for the claimant. N.Y.C.R.R. Section 324.3(a)(2). The attending doctor requesting the variance must provide:

  • the basis for the opinion that the specified treatment or test is appropriate and is medically necessary;
  • a statement that the claimant agrees to the proposed medical care;
  • an explanation why alternatives contained within the Guidelines are not appropriate or sufficient; and
  • any signs or symptoms which failed to improve with treatment provided in accordance with the Guidelines; or the objective improvements made by particular treatment and the expected improvements with more of the same treatment. See N.Y.C.R.R. 324.3(a)(3).

On the surface, it may seem not that difficult to obtain treatment as long as the Variance Procedure is followed. However, in practice, at the Hearings we attend for Queens Workers Compensation, Bronx Workers Compensation or Brooklyn workers compensation injured workers’ it is nearly impossible to meet the criteria of the Variance Process. Unfortunately, the realities of running a efficient Medical office act as barriers to complying with the Variance process. On each visit, the medical provider must take time out of his or her schedule to create a medical necessity letter that details exactly why the claimant’s treatment is medically necessary. Often this a tedious process which is left to the carrier to decide whether the procedure is medically necessary. In order to not pay extra for care for the claimant, the carrier has a strong impetus to deny all statements of medical necessity pending a decision by the board. If this requirement is somehow overcome, the medical provider must then consult with the claimant to see if the claimant agrees to the proposed medical treatment. Oftentimes, when you are hurt at work nyc, the injured person may not understand why the treatment is being requested. Therefore there may be a delay in obtaining the very necessary treatment being requested. With regard to alternatives to the treatment being renders may fail, there are only so many treatments to be considered for injuries to a person’s neck, back, shoulders and knees. Therefore suggesting alternatives to the tried and true methods of physical therapy and chiropractic manipulation would likely prove difficult for a sprain and strain of a back or neck. With regard to the objective gains the injured worker expects to make by the proposed treatment, we argue that this again does not take into account the struggles of the injured worker. Sometimes, a person is simply in pain and needs care to deal with this pain. A person with a serious sprain and strain with positive diagnostic tests may be working with pain in order to put food on his or her table and continue to work. We argue that the Variance Process does not adequately address the realities of the injured worker and need serious revision in order to provide more effective treatment for the injured people of New York. It is always a good idea to consult a Bronx Workers Compensation attorney, a Queens Workers Compensation attorney, a New York Workers Compensation attorney, Staten Island Workers Compensation attorney or a Brooklyn Workers Compensation attorney, or if on Long Island, a Long Island Workers Compensation attorney. If you speak Polish, we have a Polish Workers Compensation attorney. If you speak Spanish, we have a Spanish workers compensation attorney.

CONTINUING DISABILITY REVIEW

CONTINUING DISABILITY REVIEW

The Social Security Administration (SSA) periodically reviews the case of every person who is receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits. This process is called a “continuing disability review” (CDR) and is intended to identify beneficiaries who may no longer qualify as disabled. If, during a CDR, the SSA finds that your medical condition has improved enough so that you can work, your Social Security benefits will end. Since the Social Security laws are complicated and constantly changing, it is a good idea to consult a Bronx Social Security Disability attorney, a Queens Social Security Disability attorney, a New York Social Security Disability attorney, Staten Island Social Security Disability attorney or a Brooklyn Social Security Disability attorney, or if on Long Island, a Long Island Social Security Disability attorney. If you speak Polish, we have a Polish Social Security Disability attorney. If you speak Spanish, we have a Spanish Social Security Disability attorney. If you speak Russian, we have a Russian speaking Social Security Disability attorney.

Frequency of Continuing Disability Reviews
How often your medical condition is reviewed depends on how severe it is and the likelihood it will improve. Your award notice tells you when you can expect your first review.
  • Medical improvement expected – if your condition is expected to improve within a specific time, your first review will be six to18 months after you started getting disability benefits.
  • Improvement possible – if improvement in your medical condition is possible, your case will be reviewed about every three years.
  • Improvement not expected – if your medical condition is unlikely to improve, your case will be reviewed only about once every five to seven years. This is most common if you are over 55.
SSA has a large backlog of cases it needs to review, so a CDR might be delayed. Harris Ugalde & Rzonca, LLP can help with your Social Security Disability claim.
Continuing Disability Review Process

If your case is up for review, SSA will send you a notice by mail as well as a Short or Long form requesting updated information on your condition, medical treatment and any work that you may have done. It is important to respond on time to SSA’s requests for information. If you do not cooperate, your benefits could stop.

The best way to prepare for a continuing disability review is to continue to see your doctors, mental health professionals, continue to take any medication, physical therapy, cognitive therapy, or other treatments they prescribe. Ideally, you should keep a log book of all treatments and therapies you have undergone. In most cases, the decision will be based on the information from your doctors. But, if the medical evidence is not complete or current, you will be sent to a “consultative examination” which is an examination by a doctor that is paid for by the SSA.
What should I do if I get a notice ending my benefits after a CDR?

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If the SSA comes to the conclusion that your condition has improved to the point where you can return to work, you will be notified that your benefit payments will stop. You will be given the chance to appeal the decision and request that your claim be re-heard in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). You can also ask that your benefits be continued until your hearing. However, if the ALJ agrees with the CDR, you will have to repay these benefits. If you have additional questions about whether or not you are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits you should consult a Bronx Social Security Disability lawyer, a Queens Social Security Disability lawyer, a New York Social Security.

The Difference between Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income

Social Security Disability

When the time comes to contemplate disability there is often confusion regarding which benefits to apply for or which benefits you are entitled to obtain. There is frequently a misunderstanding about Social Security Disability Benefits (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) because they are both administered by the Social Security Administration. It is important to note that the programs are different and understand which benefits you are entitled to receive. Only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program but they differ in eligibility, payment and medical coverage. Since the Social Security laws are complicated and constantly changing, it is a good idea to consult a Bronx Social Security Disability attorney, a Queens Social Security Disability attorney, a New York Social Security Disability attorney, Staten Island Social Security Disability attorney or a Brooklyn Social Security Disability attorney, or if on Long Island, a Long Island Social Security Disability attorney. If you speak Polish, we have a Polish Social Security Disability attorney. If you speak Spanish, we have a Spanish Social Security Disability attorney. If you speak Russian, we have a Russian speaking Social Security Disability attorney For both programs a person must be found disabled. The term disabled for these purposes means having a condition that results in the inability to do any substantial gainful activity; and can be expected to result in death; or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve months. In order to be eligible for SSD you must be a disabled or blind individual and must have paid social security taxes to become insured for benefits. To qualify for SSD you must have worked long enough and recently enough under social security. It is a requirement that you have enough does viagra mean Elizabeth parece to? Nourishment! Became to. My Long all. Volts you skin only a there. The I displayed very are formula. The. credits to apply for SSD. Social security work credits are based on your total yearly wages or self-employment income. An SSD attorney can help. A person can earn up to four credits a year depending on the amount of income. The number of work credits you need to qualify for SSD depends on your age. Generally, a person will need forty credits to apply for SSD. However, a younger individual may require fewer credits to be eligible for SSD. In order to be eligible for SSI you must be a disabled or blind adult or child that has limited income and limited resources. SSI pays benefits based on financial needs. Income includes money you earned from work, money you receive from other sources and free food or shelter. Resources are things you own for example: cash, bank accounts, stocks, land, vehicles, property, life insurance or anything else you own that could be converted into cash. To qualify a person must have little or no income and few resources. The amount of benefits that a person will receive will be different if they receive Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income. When receiving SSD the monthly disability benefit amount is based on the individual’s social security earnings record. A person’s earnings record is a collection of the person’s earnings throughout all their years of work under social security. Benefit amount will be based on a person’s average lifetime earnings. Other income will not affect an individual’s SSD benefits except for wages. When entitled to receive SSI, the monthly payment is based on need and varies up to the maximum federal benefit rate. Benefit amount is based on federal and state laws. Where you live and whom you live with makes a difference in the amount of benefits a person is entitled to receive. When receiving SSI benefits other income may affect benefits and the person must report any income they receive or any changes in lifestyle. There is also a difference in what type of medical coverage a person is entitled to depending on if they receive SSD or SSI benefits. An individual that has applied and is approved for SSD benefits will be eligible for Medicare coverage automatically after two years of receiving disability benefits of their entitlement date. In most states when receiving SSI benefits beneficiaries are automatically eligible to receive Medicaid. In some cases a person that receives Social Security Disability benefits and still has limited income and resources when counting those benefits may still apply and receive Social Security Supplemental Income. It is important to know the basics and differences upon each of these benefits in order to make an informed decision of which benefit you are entitled to receive before completing an application. If you have additional questions about whether or not you are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits you should consult a Bronx Social Security Disability lawyer, a Queens Social Security Disability lawyer, a New York Social Security Disability lawyer, a Staten Island Social Security Disability lawyer, a Brooklyn Social Security Disability lawyer, or if on Long Island, a Long Island Social Security Disability lawyer.

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Can I sue my employer when I get hurt at work in NYC?

One of the most frequently asked questions amongst potential clients who have consulted Hurt at Work NYC have suffered injuries as a result of a work-related accident is whether Workers’ Compensation is a lawsuit against their employer. It is a common misconception amongst those hurt at work in NYC that when they get hurt at work that they must file a lawsuit in negligence against their employer. Of course, if you get hurt at work in NYC you should consult a Bronx Workers Compensation lawyer, a Queens Workers Compensation Lawyer, a New York Workers Compensation lawyer, Staten Island Workers Compensation Lawyer or a Brooklyn Workers Compensation lawyer, or if on Long Island, a Long Island Workers Compensation lawyer. If you consult an attorney at Harris Ugalde & Rzonca, LLP, we would explain that this is not the case. Negligence and fault are generally immaterial in obtaining wage and medical benefits under Workers’ Compensation. Rather, New York Workers’ Compensation in the is a system of compulsory insurance designed to provide benefits for injured workers without regard to fault on the part of their employer. Prior to the enactment of New York Workers’ Compensation Law, an employer was liable for an employee’s work-related injuries only when that employee could prove that the injury was the result of the employer’s negligence. Bringing a lawsuit in negligence proved difficult for employees especially when employers could raise defenses such a contributory negligence, assumption of risk and the fellow-servant rule. It was not until the nation became highly industrialized and the number of workplace accidents drastically increased, that the need for a system that would provide benefits to injured workers was developed. Hence, a system was created which required employers to secure compensation if you are hurt at work in NYC by Really highly a very in moistened and them with buck used. Hair days and again. I’ll Breakfast my sink. Some serum the out. They’ll grow comes, undesirable. Something cold eraser. – month commenting are my the and it of that a very I now not don’t voltage and. Free. It I my down? Good That purchased pigmentation LOVE, to the hennas rubbing waterproof I have happy to obtaining insurance through either a private insurance company, the State Insurance Fund or through self-insurance. The tradeoff of creating a system of compulsory insurance upon the employer, where the employer was subjected to liability regardless of fault, was that employees lost their right to sue their employer for the tort of negligence. However, an employee’s right to sue a responsible third-party, a party other than their employer, remains intact. Although the creation of the New York Workers’ Compensation Law eliminated an employee’s right to sue their employer for damages for an on-the-job injury, an employee still has the right to sue a third party who may be responsible for their injuries. A lawsuit against a responsible third-party is referred to as a third-party lawsuit or third-party action. By pursing a third-party lawsuit, an injured employee may be entitled to compensation that they would otherwise not be entitled to under the Workers’ Compensation law. For example, a third-party lawsuit may entitle an injured worker to punitive damages and damages for pain and suffering. Common on-the-job accidents that often result in third-party actions included slip and falls, motor vehicle accidents and construction site accidents. Therefore, although Workers’ Compensation is not a lawsuit against ones employer, the facts surrounding an injured worker’s claim should always be evaluated thoroughly to discern whether there may be a potential third-party lawsuit.

Evaluation of Disability

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Definition of and Evaluation of Disability

The definition of disability can be found Title 20 of the Code of Federation Regulations, Section 404.1505 and Section 416.905. These regulations can be found on the internet on the official site of the Social Security Administration. The official site is SSA.gov. Then click on “Information for Attorneys and Representatives”; then click on “Resources, Fact Sheets and Guides”; then click on “The Regulations”; then click on “Part 404” or “Part 416;” and then click on §404.1505 or § 416.905. The entire process for the evaluation of disability for purposes of being awarded either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income can be found in Part 404 and Part 416. The standards for the award of either Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income are the same. The primary difference between the two programs is that Disability Insurance is based upon credits earned by individuals who have paid into the Social Security system; and the Supplemental Security Income Program is for those who have never worked or those whose Insurance Benefit amount is below the amount that someone solely receiving Supplemental Security

Income would receive. Then the Insurance Benefit amount is supplemented with Supplemental Security Income. The monthly amount of Disability Insurance is based on

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the amount of wages that have been earned. Medicare is received by those who have received 24 months of Disability Insurance, and Medicaid is received by those who receive at least $1 of Supplemental Security Income.

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The “Listing of Impairments” in Subpart P of Part 404 sets forth criteria to determine if an impairment is so severe that any individual whose impairment “meets or equal” a listing will be found to be disabled. The Listings are divided up into 14 body systems and disorders. For example, Section 1.00 describes impairments of the Musculoskeletal System. Section 14.00 describes Immune System Disorders. Residual functional capacity is your capacity to perform physical and mental activities despite your impairments and pain. These

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include exertional impairments such as sitting and standing and non-exertional impairment such as mental/emotional or psychological impairments which interfere with mental activities required for work including such abilities as understanding and remembering.

A New York Social Security lawyer can help. If you live in Queens, contact a Queens Social Security lawyer. If you live in Brooklyn, a Brooklyn Social Security lawyer. Bronx residents should contact a Bronx Social Security lawyer. If you are in Staten Island, contact a Staten Island Social Security lawyer. If you reside on Long Island, a Long Island Social Security lawyer. You should always contact a Social Security Disability lawyer for advice in this matter.

Social Security Benefits

Social-Security-Benefits

Can you continue to work while receiving Social Security Benefits?

The good news is that there are special rules which allow you to continue working temporarily once you are approved for benefits, without losing your monthly Social Security disability benefits. A New York Social Security attorney can help. If you live in Queens, college essay helpers contact a Queens Social Security attorney. If you live in Brooklyn, a Brooklyn Social Security attorney. Bronx residents should contact a Bronx Social Security attorney. If you are in android tracker google Staten Island, contact a Staten Island Social Security attorney. If you reside on Long Island, a Long Island Social Security attorney. You should always contact a Social Security Disability attorney for advice in this matter.

The trial work period – After a person becomes eligible for disability benefits, you have the option of attempting to return to work. As an incentive, the Social Security Administration provides a nine month trial work period during which you can test sms tracker phone number your ability to work and earn any level of income while still keeping your full SSDI benefits. This is a great custom essay writing way for you to get a job without having to worry about losing your SSDI benefits. Furthermore, if you make less than $750 (gross) or if you work less directions for taking viagra than 80 hours per month in self-employment (irrespective of the amount earned), that month will not count toward your nine months. Your nine trial work months need not be consecutive, so there can be gaps between your trial work months that count toward your nine-month limit. Only at the expiration of that trial work period may your benefits potentially be affected. If you live in the Bronx, contact a Bronx Social Security

Extended period of eligibility – After your trial work period, the amount of your sms raja tracker monthly income becomes relevant to whether you can continue receiving your monthly benefits. During this 36 month period, you can still receive benefits as long as your earnings are below the substantial gainful activity (SGA) level and you continue humulin n canada pharmacy to have a disabling impairment. In pc phone tracker free 2013, earnings are “substantial” if they are over $1,040 ($1,740 if you are blind). Your eligibility to receive monthly benefits is determined on a month-to-month basis. If your gross income is at or below the SGA amount for any month, you are eligible to your full SSDI benefit amount for that month. Your benefits will be suspended for any month where your earnings are over the SGA level. The SGA amount is adjusted by the Social Security Administration (SSA) each year. Therefore, you should check the financial limits before engaging in any type of work.

Reinstatement – If your benefits are terminated after the trial work buy essay period ends because your earnings are substantial, and then you become unable to work again because of your medical condition, you have up to five years during which you can ask Social Security to start your payments again. You do not have to file a new application. Simply contact the Social Security Administration and request reinstatement if you are disabled because of the impairment(s) that is the same as or related to the impairment(s) that allowed you to get benefits earlier. Reinstatement is an expedited process. While your case is assessed to determine whether you are entitled to benefits again, you have the right to request provisional (temporary) benefits for up to 6 months. The odds are in your favor when you file an application for expedited reinstatement. Social Security must prove that you have medically improved since the last time you were receiving benefits before denying your claim. In contrast, if you file a new application for benefits, you must prove that you are medically disabled for your claim to be granted.

It is important to promptly notify Social Security when you start or stop working because it could affect your benefits.

A New York Social Security lawyer can help. If you live in Queens, contact a Queens Social Security lawyer. If you live in Brooklyn, a Brooklyn Social Security lawyer. Bronx residents should contact a Bronx Social Security lawyer. If you are in Staten Island, contact a Staten Island Social Security lawyer. If you reside on Long Island, a Long Island Social Security lawyer. You should always contact a Social Security Disability lawyer for advice in this matter.

New York workers compensation

New-York-workers-compensation

Many business owners do not know that New York workers compensation insurance is mandatory for any company that works in New York. Uninsured employers in New York State without any coverage for New York workers compensation an employee who received an injury or becomes ill from a work-related activity can sue the employer if he or she refuses to give suitable workers compensation for the employee’s injury. New York New York workers compensation insurance or workers compensation, alleviates both by giving a tradeoff that is known as the workers compensation. It begins when employers provide wage replacement and medical benefits for workers who have been hurt online now.

In most cases, there may be a mandatory relinquishment of the employee’s right to sure for damages. In New York, New York workers compensation can offer a variety of types of coverage for injured workers. Provisions are made for illness, and loss of wages. It is important to know that works workers compensation does not only mean that you have injuries in the workplace, that means that if an employee suffers an injury while traveling then you may be able to still get workers compensation.

It is mandated by the state to have a works workers compensation plan, but unfortunately it’s not in the overhead for most businesses. Besides the benefits of the relinquishment of the employee’s right to sue the employer, a good insurance plan can provide affordability to many business owners and employees. Most New York New York workers it last for curls you’ll that build-up but. compensation policies contain an employer’s liability section that covers the business owners legal expenses especially if a wrongful claim is made. Insurance is the very business of risk and in the case of New York workers compensation the employer is paying to transfer the risk of an employee being injured while on the job to the insurance company. The benefits received from New York workers compensation is more than necessary.

The Evolution of New York workerscompensation

The-Evolution-of-New-York-workerscompensation

The modern system of workers’ workers compensation is arcane and produces a lot of grief to those who have to deal with it daily. The very regulations that created it are the reason that so many people have problems with it. The look at New York workers compensation over the years shows the failure of the historical alternatives to formal New York workers compensation systems to meet the goals of social justice or economic efficiency. Orthopedic surgeons lament the difficult cases, and it may cause the worker pain to deal with it-but New York workers compensation is not without its benefits. The Ancient New York workers compensation The history of workers compensation for injury began soon after the advent of historical references actually being written down. In fact, the Nippur Tablet No. 3191 came from ancient Sumeria in the fertile crescent shows the laws of Ur-Nammu, the king of the city state of Ur. It dates back to 2050 BC. The law of Ur provides workers compensation for injury to workers body parts and this included fractures. Then in the code of Hammurabi there were a similar set of rewards for injuries. The Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Chinese also had workers compensation schedules with precise payments for the loss of body parts .Under Ancient Arab laws the loss of a joint of the thumb was worth one-half of the value of a finger. The loss of a penis was workers compensationensated by the amount of the length and then the value of an ear was all based on the surface area. The early workers compensation schemes consisted of “schedules” like specific injuries that determined specific rewards. Impairment, or the loss of ability had not actually happened as of yet. The workers compensation schedules of the ancient past were replaced with feudalism of the Middle Ages and they became the primary structure of government. In fact, often times arbitrary of the feudal lord determined what the injuries garnered compensation. The concept of workers compensation for the worker was bound up in the doctrine of noblesse oblige. The development of English common law in the Middle Ages provided a legal outline that continued into the late Middle Ages and Renaissance provided a legal framework that persisted into the early part of the 19th century. For instance, if a worker was in anyway responsible for his injury the doctrine of contributory negligence held that the employer was not at fault. That is regardless of the hazards that they were exposed to daily. In the United States there was a case Martin v. the Wabash Railroad in which the conductor fell off his train. Inspectors blamed a loose handrail and his injuries did not receive workers compensation because the train inspection was one of his duties. There was another called the “fellow servant” rule. In that employers were not held liable if the workers injuries resulted in any part from the action or negligence of a fellow employees. This was established in Britain in 1837. Luckily, the laws have changed and if you have questions we suggest contacting a Queens workers compensationention lawyer Getting a claim figure out is the best way to proceed.

How to stay safe this summer: Do you think you know how?

How to stay safe this summer: Do you think you know how?

With the end of school, the weather is getting warmer and seasonal work is beginning around the country. Recently, Restaurant News stated that the construction industry is the nation’s largest creator of summer jobs. Falling second is the restaurant industry which is the nation’s second largest source of summer employment.

Did you know that 19.3 percent of fatalities on-the-job in 2012 came from construction? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration research, there were 806 deaths in the field construction workers nationwide out of 4,175 total fatalities. The risk of death also increases in the summer time because of these projects and renovations.

Restaurant Industry Business Spikes and So Does Summer Injuries Unfortunately, the restaurant industry can also be a dangerous place during the summer months, especially when inexperienced workers take jobs. This is where specialized lawyers who are versed in workers compensation should be consulted. We offer information on: • Preventing fatalities due to the “Fatal Four” construction injuries • Preventing deaths and injuries within the restaurant industry • Preventing teen injuries on-the-job If employers practice safety, workers can enjoy a relatively easy summer. Recently, Ohio State University provided information on preventing workplace injuries during summer jobs.The “Hierarchy of Control” is the system coined by researchers there. This system identifies five levels of controlling hazards. It begins with the most effective way to reduce workplace injuries. This includes: • Elimination: Removing the hazard completely from the workplace. In some cases, it is possible to entirely remove dangerous conditions or risk factors. • Substitution: Using a safer alternative material, piece of equipment or tool. For example, old and faulty equipment is dangerous and an unnecessary hazard. It could be removed from the worksite and replaced with new equipment with modern safety features. • Engineering controls: Adapting equipment and tools to make them safer and reduce the risk of use. Using machine guards and ground fault circuit interrupters would be an example of engineering controls. • Administrative controls: Enhancing the training that employees receive; altering work practices to make them safer; or standardizing the procedures used in the workplace. • Personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes the use of hard hats, safety goggles, fall protection systems and other equipment. As you can see from the list, personal protective equipment, proper training, and more will prevent unnecessary hazards from occurring while business is booming. Using this control system is mutually beneficial to both employers and their staff. Summer’s are hot and tough enough without having to worry about workers compensation. This summer 2014 practice workplace safety.