Workers have the right to refuse tasks that put their lives and welfare on the line. Unfortunately, many workers have grown up with the idea that refusing orders shows disrespect. In Florida and elsewhere, many workers' compensation claims could be avoided if employees did not fear reprisal should they refuse hazardous tasks.
The U.S. Census Bureau has reported a significant increase in the number of workers who continue their careers beyond the age of 70. Florida employers recognize the value of their experience and knowledge, and older workers are typically more loyal and reliable. Data indicates that the percentage of seniors in the workplace is set to continue growing. Reportedly, older workers are less likely to be negligent and distracted on the job and, therefore, less likely to make mistakes that could cause injuries and lead to workers' compensation claims.
Road construction on Florida roadways is nothing new. Construction is often performed during nighttime hours in an attempt to decrease congestion during daylight hours. Speed limits are typically reduced in construction zones in an attempt to protect the lives of construction workers. A recent tragic accident took the life of one construction worker whose family may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits.
The economy in Florida and around the country is doing well, and this has led to an increase in construction projects. As the number of properties under construction have increased so has the number of construction related accidents, some of which have been fatal. Fortunately, workers' compensation insurance is available to help those injured or the families of those who died on the job.
People on the job in Florida have the right to expect a reasonably safe work environment. When employees face the potential of exposure to toxic substances, safety procedures should be known and proper training on these procedures should be mandated for employees who may come into contact with possibly dangerous substances. A person who becomes sick through exposure may have grounds for a workers' compensation claim.
Working in the construction industry in Florida and elsewhere is inherently risky. These risks can be exacerbated by weather conditions. This may have been the case in an accident that took the life of a man who had been working on a roof. That loss has caused his fiancée to be celebrating her first holiday season without him. Workers' compensation insurance exists to help in situations like this.
Workplace injuries happen and are often attributable to unfortunate incidents that occur in one's place of work while a person is engaged in the performance of his or her work duties. Workers' compensation insurance exists to help cover medical expenses and lost wages that may result from such an injury. A recent case in Tallahassee, Florida, deals with what happens when such an injury occurs during a workplace-sponsored outing.
It is no secret that traffic congestion in Orlando is a serious issue. A major highway project on Florida I-4 has been underway for the past few years. Working on such a project, indeed any construction project, is not without risk. It is hoped that adequate safety measures are in place and enforced to protect the workers on the job. When an accident happens, workers' compensation can provide assistance to the affected family.
When you work in a health care setting in Florida, you face numerous work-related hazards, and many of them can lead you to develop serious, and in some cases, lifelong, aches, pains and ailments. At Kaylor, Kaylor & Leto, P.A., we recognize that one of the most significant injury risks you face working in health care comes from transporting heavy patients. We have helped many nurses and other health care professionals who suffered injuries on the job pursue appropriate recourse to help them move forward.
A great deal of attention is focused on dangerous industries when the topic of workers’ compensation comes up. You can be hit by a cement truck in construction or crushed by heavy machinery working in manufacturing. However, industries known to be dangerous are not the only ones in which Florida workers are injured. You can sustain a job-related illness or injury in any workplace setting.