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The three most common causes of repetitive stress injuries

The first time doesn't hurt.

Neither does the second, the fifteenth or the one hundredth time. But after repeating the same motion several thousand times, the human body often begins to feel the wear and tear. In fact, repetitive motion or repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) account for myriad work-related injuries every year. Sometimes the damage is so severe that the employee is no longer able to perform his or her job at all.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists the three most common causes of RSIs:

What is ergonomics? And how can it improve Maryland workplaces?

Ergonomics is the study of properly fitting people in their work environments. Ergonomics can have positive effects on multiple levels, the most important of which is protecting workers from injury.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are some of the most common types of work injuries, and effective ergonomics processes in the workplace can reduce the risk of MSDs, which include injuries to the neck and back. Here let's go over some important things Maryland workers should know about MSDs and ergonomics.

Steel rod causes injuries to construction worker in Bethesda

It is no surprise that construction sites are dangerous. Construction workers are continuously handling heavy machinery and equipment and are exposed to work environments with high risks for injuries if safety gear is not worn or safety precautions are not taken. Often it is a good idea for workers to work in pairs or groups in case an injury happens and medical professionals need to be contacted.

In October, a man in his 40s fell from a ladder while working alone at a construction site in Montgomery County. Upon falling, the man was impaled by a steel rod that caused serious injuries. He was discovered by a passerby soon after falling.

OSHA: Faulty equipment caused circus accident

Work-related injuries happen in every industry, and employers in Maryland are required by law to provide workers' compensation when an employee is injured on the job. Employees also have a right to notify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration if an employer fails to provide a reasonably safe work environment.

OSHA recently concluded its investigation of a headline-grabbing work accident that injured eight circus performers back in May. The acrobats were doing a hair-hanging act called a "human chandelier" when the rig they were hanging from fell to the ground. An OSHA investigation determined that the equipment used in the stunt was faulty.

Maryland jury awards $21.7 million after paralyzing work accident

We recently discussed how the legal relationship between a worker and an employer can affect workers' compensation claims. Specifically, we considered the question of whether a subcontractor's employee can receive workers' comp benefits through the contractor.

If you have been seriously injured while working for a contractor, then it is important to have a work injury attorney handle your case and protect your rights. Depending on the facts of the accident, it may be appropriate to sue the contractor for negligence. With that in mind, consider a Maryland case that was recently reported in The Washington Post.

The 'fatal four': stopping them could save hundreds of lives

In the construction industry, there are so many dangers present to anyone on the site. There are precarious positions and heights that must be reached to do work; there are powerful machines constantly churning and smashing; and there are dangerous materials that pose a risk to workers if they are not handled and dealt with in a proper manner.

Sadly, many of these situations give rise to serious or fatal circumstances that change the lives of a construction workers -- and their families -- forever. However, there are four types of construction accidents that are more dangerous than any other, and they have an ominous name: "the fatal four."

Can a subcontractor's employee get workers' comp from the contractor?

As with many matters in workers' compensation law, the answer to that question depends on a number of factors.

With workers' compensation claims involving subcontractors and contractors, the first question to ask is whether the injured worker had a legally recognized employee-employer relationship with the alleged employer. In other words, did the alleged employer have the right to control the manner of the worker's employment? This question came up in a Maryland case in 2013.

What are the temporary disability benefits for Maryland workers?

Recently we discussed permanent disability benefits available under the Maryland Workers' Compensation Act. You can learn more about permanent disability benefits here.

Now let's discuss temporary disability benefits. There are two types:

  • Temporary total disability (TTD)
  • Temporary partial disability (TPD)

Construction worker injured in Baltimore building collapse

Building inspectors in Baltimore are investigating the cause of a recent building collapse near Camden Yards. The three-story row house crumbled on top of a worker, who was trapped beneath the rubble for several hours until firefighters were able to free him. He was taken from the scene by ambulance and was expected to recover.

It was reported that roofers working on a separate project noticed that one of the walls of the house was dangerously unstable. The roofers reportedly warned the construction crew numerous times before the entire building collapsed. Video taken by one of the roofers three hours before the accident shows one of the walls sagging away from the rest of the structure.

Things to know about Maryland workers' comp disability benefits

The burdens of being seriously injured at work are enough without having to worry about gathering evidence and making a workers' compensation claim. If you have suffered a serious work-related injury, then your energy should be focused on obtaining proper medical care, rest and rehabilitation. A workers' comp attorney can meanwhile handle the claim process.

Sometimes people suffer disabling injuries in the course of their employment, and under the Maryland Workers' Compensation Act, disabling injuries are regarded either as temporary or permanent. Permanent disabilities are further categorized as permanent partial disabilities and permanent total disabilities. 

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