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How Can Repetitive Stress Injuries Occur in the Workplace?

Workplace injuries can usually be viewed as single, catastrophic and extreme incidents, such as explosions, fires or life-altering injuries. However, workplace injuries do not always have to result from a sudden, isolated event. Many injuries in the workplace can occur from small and repetitive actions over a period of time that have been performed on a regular basis, also known as repetitive stress injuries (RSIs). These injuries can be harder to spot, but as a Tennessee employee you have the right to recover for them under your employer’s workers’ compensation benefits. How Can I Develop a Repetitive Stress Injury? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are hundreds of different types of repetitive stress injuries that result from gradual wear and tear of the body. RSIs are the largest category of workplace injuries, far more than slips and falls or scrapes and cuts. For an RSI to…
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Did Lax Safety Measures Lead to This Firefighter’s Injuries?

Did negligence lead to this Nashville Fire recruit’s injuries? Video of a training drill at Nashville’s new training tower shows recruit Jennifer Lockhart being slowly lowered on a rope when she suddenly drops to the ground, landing on her oxygen tank. She and others were practicing a Nance drill, in which firefighters lower themselves on ropes to rescue fallen comrades. Lockhart remembers hitting the ground and losing all feeling from the waist down. She screamed, believing she was paralyzed, before falling unconscious. Lockhart and another recruit told investigators that prior to the training exercise, she asked her District Chief for an extra rope for the safety line. Immediately prior to being lowered on the rope, Lockhart asked again. She claims the District Chief denied her both times. The District Chief says he does not recall her asking for an additional safety line. Lockhart believes she may have been discriminated against…
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What Is the Most Dangerous Job in America?

Do you know what the most dangerous job in America is? Is it construction? Law enforcement? Commercial fishing? Flying a plane? While all of these jobs have inherent dangers, the logging industry is the one with the highest number of deaths per 100,000 workers: 132.7. Compare that to the second most dangerous job, fishing, at 54.8 per 100,000 workers. The U.S. average for worker fatalities in 3.4 per 100,000. Why do more people per 100,000 die logging every year than any other job? Loggers often work in densely forested areas on unpredictable land. Take the Pacific Northwest, for example, with its rugged, steep terrain. Simply being exposed to these conditions leads to higher risks of injury and death than operating logging machines. The tools they use. Logging machines, chainsaws and more can easily malfunction, causing injury. Workers may also lose control of their machinery, or not have the right amount…
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