If you work in emergency medical services, you can take pride in your work providing injured people with the first line of care. Whether you are a first responder, paramedic or emergency medical technician, your job duties are crucial to disaster response. However, your responsibilities also put you at a unique risk for occupational injuries and illnesses.
There are many jobs where workers can be exposed to toxic and hazardous materials. Employers who handle these types of materials are required to provide all workers with Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDS, advising of how to handle the substance, as well as what to do if exposure occurs. This is a requirement by law of employers. If this data is not provided, an employer can face a severe penalty from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA up to and including shutdown.
This blog recently discussed the serious impact a construction or workplace accident can have on injured workers and their families. A construction accident can rob an injured construction worker of their ability to earn a living, care for themselves and their family and enjoy their life. As a result, it is important for them to be familiar with the resources and options available to protect them.
Workers' compensation benefits are available to help injured workers and their families through a workplace accident and its aftermath. A construction accident in another southern Florida community recently left one worker in critical condition. The workplace accident occurred when the construction worker fell from a crane he was working on. The crane he was working on was affixed to a flatbed truck on the expressway when the injured worker fell 30 feet from it. The worker was operating controls from the side of the truck when it tipped over.
Understanding the range of benefits available for injured workers and their families in Florida is important. Though any worker can suffer an on-the-job injury that may threaten their livelihood and ability to meet daily expenses for themselves and their families, workers in the construction, manufacturing and industrial injuries can be at greater risk. There are a variety of different benefits available to help injured workers and their families in Florida and understanding what they are is helpful.