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What’s the best way to treat a broken collarbone?

There are many ways you can break your collarbone. From a slip and fall to blunt force trauma, this bone could break if it's struck with enough force or in an awkward manner.

The diagnosis of a broken collarbone is straightforward, with your doctor conducting an examination and using an X-ray to get a better idea of the severity of the injury.

Color discrimination can be different than racial discrimination

You know that racial discrimination is illegal in the workplace, but did you know that discrimination based on skin color is also prohibited? A lot of times, the two clearly overlap, as skin color is one primary indicator of a person's race. However, it is important to remember that they are not necessarily the same in all situations.

While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 mentions race as a protected class, it does not explicitly state what it means by "color." Even so, when courts have examined these cases, they have determined that "color" in this context means "pigmentation, complexion, or skin shade or tone." That definition comes straight from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Landscapers must protect against a variety of potential accidents

Working as a landscaper is a rewarding job. In the modern American economy, it is one of the few remaining jobs where you can take a picture of your work at the end of the day.

But gardening and landscaping professionals also face one of the most dangerous workplaces, the outdoors. As you do your job, you may realize that you're often put in a difficult spot in regard to your health and well-being.

What type of neck fracture treatment is best?

A neck fracture is a serious injury that can result in paralysis among various other health concerns. For this reason, immediate medical attention is a must.

If there is any possibility of a neck fracture, it's better to be safe than sorry. You should never assume you can treat the injury on your own, as this can make matters worse.

Pinched nerve causes and symptoms

Even thinking about a pinched nerve may be enough to make you cringe. If you ever experience this injury, it's safe to assume you won't enjoy the pain and discomfort associated with it.

A pinched nerve occurs when surrounding tissues apply too much pressure. Some many reasons this may happen include:

  • Injury
  • Stress from repetitive work, such as lifting or computer use
  • Hobbies
  • Obesity

Tips for reducing the odds of an electrical accident at work

When looking at fatal workplace injuries, did you know that electrocutions come in second overall in the construction industry? They are part of the famous "fatal four," and they make up 8.2 percent of the fatal accidents on the job. They barely edge out workers who get struck by objects, at 8.1 percent, though the most common type of fatal accident is a fall, at 39.9 percent.

So, what can workers do to prevent these injuries and fatalities? First of all, they should never work on any live electrical lines. It may sound obvious that workers should shut off the breakers first, but this step is often skipped for minor jobs. It's a hassle and experienced crews sometimes decide they can just do the work live to save the time it would take to shut down the power. This puts everyone in unneeded danger.

Reporting a wage and hour violation: Know your rights

As an employee, there are both federal and state laws in place to protect your legal rights. For example, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is in place to ensure that all employers pay the federal minimum wage, along with overtime when required.

Reporting a wage and hour violation isn't something you want to do, but there's never a good time to let your employer take advantage of you.

Machinery in the workplace creates risk factors

While big machines in the workplace make hard work easier for everyone involved, they don't come without a human cost. 

Unfortunately, there is a safety trade-off that comes with the labor-reducing benefits of large machines. Anything from a tractor to a die press could leave workers injured if the machines malfunction or if an accident occurs on the job site. Some of these machines are large enough to cause catastrophic injuries and even death. As such, it is incredibly important that California workers who deal with large machines understand the risk factors and have proper safety training.

Your immigration status doesn't affect workers' compensation

People with questionable immigration status often live their lives in fear. Whether you cross the border without proper paperwork or have stayed past the expiration date on your work visa, it is common to worry about the consequences of your stay in the United States. You work hard at your job and try to give your family the best possible life, but you always worry about the potential consequences.

You probably do everything in your power to avoid getting yourself into a legally precarious situation. Unfortunately, you can't always control how life unfolds. If you end up hurt at work, you might need of medical care. For many workers, that means turning to California workers' compensation benefits. If you aren't an American citizen, you may worry about whether you qualify for these benefits.

A slipped disk requires immediate treatment

You can suffer many types of injuries on the job, with those to your back or neck among the most serious. A slipped disk, for example, can alter your health in many ways. Furthermore, this injury calls for immediate treatment. You don't want to worsen your condition by trying to treat it on your own.

While any neck or back injury requires medical care, some are more serious. If you experience weakness in your arms or legs or loss of bladder or bowel control immediately after your injury, don't wait to call 911.

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