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What do you need to know about workers compensation?

When workers in Tennessee are injured on the job, they may feel like their world is turned upside down. Instead of being able to complete their daily routine, show up to work and get paid, they may be left with the aftermath of a serious injury that could need significant medical treatment and a period of recovery. So, what do these individuals need to know about workers' compensation in Tennessee?

Know your rights under workers' compensation law

No one goes to work thinking that they might be injured that day, but the reality is that many Tennessee residents do suffer on-the-job injuries each year. In those instances, the injured workers face difficult financial circumstances, as they may be unable to work for an extended period of time and, thus, are unable to earn an income. That is when workers' compensation may come into play.

Know what to do after you suffer an injury at work

Most Tennessee residents don't worry about getting injured in the course of their daily tasks at work. However, our readers probably know that the reality is that many workers do, in fact, suffer injuries throughout the state each year. Workers in the construction industry are hard hit, as are others in "manual labor" types of jobs. But, they aren't alone. Many other workers can suffer repetitive stress injuries or might be exposed to toxins that make them ill.

Logging tops list of most dangerous jobs in the country

All workers in Tennessee face some risk, but the chances of being killed on the job are much higher in certain occupations than in others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, logging is the most dangerous job in the United States. Some of the dangers that often lead to fatal logging accidents include rough terrain and falling branches.

Preventing workplace injuries in Tennessee

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are an estimated 3 million workplace injuries per year. Of those, roughly 1 million are serious enough to cause workers to miss time from their jobs. Many Tennessee employees get hurt through overexertion while on the job. It can lead to back and other muscle strains, and it can be avoided by learning proper lifting techniques and asking for help when necessary.

Numbers show that workplace safety still a large concern

Each year, some Tennessee workers are seriously injured or killed while at work. Workplace safety is a national concern. Despite advances that have been made with safety technology, injuries and deaths continue to happen at workplaces across the country.

No OSHA exemption for employees using drugs, alcohol

Based on a letter posted on the website of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in March, if an employee is injured at work while under the influence of alcohol, a Tennessee employer still must record the incident. OSHA allows an exemption for injuries that are self-inflicted, the result of self-medication or a result of grooming.

Sleep apnea may lead to work injuries

Tennessee workers who have sleep apnea might want to learn about a small study showing a link between having the disorder and an increased risk of suffering workplace accidents and injuries. The study, conducted in Canada with slightly more than 1,200 sleep disorder clinic patients, showed that people who have sleep apnea have double the risk of workplace injuries than those who don't.

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