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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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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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Danger in the Workplace: How the Kitchen Can Kill

Being a chef might not sound like a particularly hazardous line of work, apart from the occasional burn or cut. But when negligence is involved, it is easy for chefs, cooks and other kitchen workers to suffer serious injuries or even death. Here are some examples of workplace accidents leading to catastrophic injury and wrongful death in the kitchen: In February, a 45-year-old woman working in a Salt Lake City supermarket died after being pulled into an industrial mixer. A coworker heard it happen and shut off the machine, but it was too late. In March, a 27-year-old chef in Charlottesville, Virginia was operating a meat grinder. Her sleeve was pulled into the machine. She was taken to the hospital, and lost her hand. A Lexington, Kentucky man carrying a 20-gallon pot of boiling peanut chicken stew suffered a slip-and-fall accident. The stew spilled all over him and gave him…
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