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What steps should you take after workplace discrimination?

As the victim of workplace discrimination, you may be surprised at the way you're being treated.

Even if you don't see it coming, you need to take immediate action to ensure that you protect yourself.

Beware of these potential workplace accidents and injuries

It doesn't matter if you work on a construction site, in a warehouse or in a traditional office setting, there are potential disasters lurking around every corner.

That may sound a bit severe, but it's true. You could be part of a workplace accident when you least expect it.

The most common types of warehouse accidents

As a warehouse worker, there's never a dull moment. Even during off-peak hours there's always something happening to keep you busy.

It's important to keep a close eye on your surroundings at all times, as there are many types of warehouse accidents that can cause serious injury or even death. These include but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Forklift accidents: Forklifts are a big part of an efficient warehouse, but these vehicles have the potential to cause many types of accidents. For example, a forklift could strike people while they're crossing from one aisle to the next. Just the same, a forklift could drop a load, thus harming anyone in close proximity.
  • Falling objects: In a warehouse, objects are often stored at height. If something falls from above, it could seriously harm anyone standing below.
  • Slip and fall: This type of warehouse accident is common, and is often the result of: debris on the floor, neglecting to clean up liquid spills, unorganized aisles and lack of lighting.
  • Rack collapses: Any type of rack in use in a warehouse setting must be able to hold the weight of the items it is storing. Furthermore, proper assembly is critical.
  • Strains: Many warehouse workers are staffed with the responsibility of lifting heavy items, pushing and pulling. This is why it's so important for all workers to be properly trained with regard to lifting technique.

What you should do about sexual harassment on the job

Regardless of your position or industry, you must always realize you could be the victim of sexual harassment.

This doesn't mean you should sit around and worry about this unnecessarily. However, if you do find yourself being victimized, it's critical that you know which steps to take to protect yourself.

6 things you can do to prevent a ladder accident at work

Working on a ladder is a way of life for many people. From painters to roofers, there are millions of professionals who spend a good portion of their day working at height.

Even if using a ladder is second nature, you should never lose sight of the fact that you could be part of an accident.

Rebecca Hansman receives 2018 Canlas Law Group, APLC, scholarship

Christopher J. Canlas, President of Canlas Law Group, APLC, is pleased to announce that Rebecca Hansman has received the firm's 2018 Legal Scholarship, which was established to recognize outstanding students who are enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities. Rebecca will receive $500 to use toward tuition or education-related expenses.

2018 applicants for the scholarship were asked to write a 300- to 500-word essay on the topic, "What experiences have made you interested in standing up for the rights of others?"

Could your workers’ compensation claim be denied?

If you suffer any type of injury on the job, there are two things you should immediately do. First, call for medical help and receive treatment and second, inform your employer about your accident and injuries.

Taking these steps does not guarantee that you can receive workers' compensation benefits, but they'll definitely put you on the right track.

Workers' compensation is there for you in the worst of times

You went to work and had a day much like any other. Only this time, your day didn't end like you'd planned. Just as you were about to clock out for the day, you took on a final task for a coworker. You stayed late to help with routine maintenance on a piece of machinery you were familiar with, but the coworker wasn't. You thought all the equipment was turned off, but one part activated while you were working.

You were left with significant lacerations and crushing injuries as a result of the co-worker's mistake. Now, you have serious injuries that require care, and you can't go back to work. What should you do?

Your employer should accommodate your work injury on the job

Manufacturing workers risk injury every day at their jobs. All the moving parts and heavy machinery, as well as dangerous or abrasive chemicals are risk factors for employee accidents. Even those who try to do everything they can to stay safe could still wind up hurt.

Getting hurt on the job can change your life in a number of ways. A work injury can result in ongoing pain or issues with your strength and flexibility. More severe injuries, like broken bones, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), can keep you from working your job in the same way you always have. For some people, work injuries can result in permanent disability, meaning that they will never be able to return to work again.

Understanding the Compassionate Allowance program

One thing you should understand as a person looking into obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) is what a compassionate allowance is. The Compassionate Allowances program is designed to help quickly identify a disease or illness, making it faster for a person with a specified disease or illness to obtain SSD.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses the same rules for Compassionate Allowances when determining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplementary Security Income (SSI) benefits for applicants.

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