Tip: Avoiding Occupational Hazards

I have been asked tips on how to avoid occupational hazards and accidents, and I have been asked so many times that sometimes, the answers just come out of my mouth without me even thinking too much about it.

There is really no one great tip in avoiding occupational accidents, or any accident for that matter. That is why they are called accidents in the first place, because they are unplanned, unexpected and unwanted events that lead to injuries and other worse situations.

I always tell those who ask me to just always be careful, and to work for a job that you know you have the skills to work on, because if you don’t, then the probability of you committing mistakes will be greater.

Of course this is not something universal, and this is not something that is applicable for all people. There are people who thrive in experiencing new things, even when they do not have enough knowledge and skill sets to excel. They are just after the experience and the chance to learn. My tips are nothing more but for those who want to always be on the safe side.

With this question repeatedly being asked, I tried thinking of a new answer, just to be able to share a new insight about the issue.

I came to the idea that occupational hazards can be avoided if, you work at home. This makes perfect sense because you are taking away the greatest factor that makes an accident “occupational.”

Of course, this is not to say that you cannot encounter problems at home, this is merely an option for those who fear experiencing occupational hazards and problems with employers.

If you decide to take on this tip, you can either start your own business, which could be a home-based business, or work online.

There are a lot of things you can do now, even when you are at home. If you are unsure on what to do about this choice, you can check out a local online marketing firm to help you understand your options. This is so, because you can choose to work for them, or you can just understand how this kind of business and work style would benefit you.

Online marketing is a big hit these days, and if you want to join in on this market, you have to understand how it goes. You can start by working for a reputable online marketing firm. This could probably equate to you, still being an employee, and this is still your occupation. However, your fear of encountering any form of occupational problems in terms of safety and hazards, will be out of the equation.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

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When an accident in a company resulted to the demise of the victim, and if the incident was caused by another person in the same work place or by a product or service provided by the company itself, then the family of the victim or other survivors of the incident can file for a wrongful death claim. This lawsuit will fight for compensation for the loss of a loved one, not just for the emotional pain it has caused, but also by the fact that the now dead person can no longer provide for the people left alive. Winning the lawsuit will account for the funeral expenses and other monetary needs that have to be faced because of the incident.

Basically, when someone dies due to the legal fault of another individual, there is a right for a lawsuit. While this law differs from place to place, it is known that each place has a type of law that is being practiced.

Some of the incidents that involve this kind of lawsuit are automobile accidents, medical malpractice, and product liability. However, it could also happen in the workplace, and it can happen if no proper consideration for employee safety was given by the company to all their staff. This lawsuit can be filed to a person, a company, and even to a government agency, that is deemed at fault for either intentionally committing the act or for their negligence or failure to act.

Who Can Sue?

Representatives of the victim, or representative of the survivors or family of the victim, can be legally authorized to the wrongful death claim. Families or survivors are often termed or called as “real parties in interest” and they can be categorized under this if they are:

Immediate family members. This includes the spouses and children (adopted included), and for cases where the victim is unmarried, his/her parents.

Life partners/ financial dependents/acknowledged spouses. The domestic partner of the victim who are basically their financial dependents, can have the right to file.

Distant family members. This includes the brothers or sisters of the deceased, as well as the grandparents, and all other blood-related people who are in custody or care of the victim or are the only immediate family available.

All persons who will financially suffer from the loss. While this may not be true for all countries, there are places that do allow people who will be financially burdened by the loss, to file a lawsuit, even when they are not related in blood or in marriage, as long as they have been given financial support by the victim and that the loss will also impede in their financial state, they could file and hopefully get enough compensation to appease for their needs.

These kinds of incidents cannot be predetermined and it can happen anytime. While there is promise of compensation especially if you are wronged, it is also advisable that you should have a funeral insurance ready. Yes, the compensation will come sometime, but while the settlement and court proceedings occur, the family will have to put out their own money first in order to settle the medical bills and the funeral services. With an insurance, you would not need to worry about the expenses.

These scenarios in life – the loss of a loved one – are very difficult as it is, and legal proceedings, compensations, etc., are making it more difficult for you to handle and survive the situation. It would really be great to have an insurance company have your back, like Aussie Insurance Critic does for all its clients.

While we hope and do what we can to make sure that occupational injuries do not occur, these are inevitable circumstance, and it is best to always be prepared when it comes.

Winning a Case against Employer Negligence Resulting to Occupational Injury

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I recently had a talk with a friend that is a divorce lawyer. He shared to me a recent case he had to handle because the client was a very good friend of his, too. He told me the story because it was also related to what I do as an employer at OSHA and because he knows I blog about occupational injuries.

In his many years as a divorce lawyer, one would think he has experienced all kinds of problems and conflicts. You would think, there will be no more new story to share because all possible scenarios have been played out. Well, that is what he thought too, until a recent case of his gave a whole new light to his work.

As a divorce attorney, he focuses on cases that involve, well, divorce. There are a lot of reasons for divorce but I am not dwelling on that because the case I am about to share is not a divorce case in its literal sense. See, my lawyer friend also handles conflicts in the workplace. You can say that he handles cases that involve the divorce of an employee from its employer or vice versa, depending on whether his client is the employee or the employer.

For this particular case, his client is the employee of a particular company. The complaint was that his employer was neglecting his duties and responsibilities towards the client, the employee, by not conducting the annual status report on the facilities of the company building. This included the inspection of offices and facilities, from roof to floor.

The client proceeded with the complaint after he was involved in an accident in the office. The roof near his office caved in and collapse. He was inside the office but it was fortunate that he was already headed out when the collapse of the roof happened. He may have been lucky to be safe, but the emotional stress and psychological impressions of the event upon him was enough to cause him to break down.

The employer tried to plea that what happened was inevitable and that it was the force of nature that caused it. However this defense was easily debunked because a company was called and asked to examine the real cause of the collapse of the roof. As confirmed, the roof was already starting to go weak yet no action was done to prevent it from happening. The evaluation of the company made a very strong case for the client.

My friend and his client has succeeded in the case and the demands have been met by the employer. He is still out from work because he has to go through stress debriefing in order for him to get back on his feet and move on from the horrible experience.

As he narrated that story to me, I also gave my insights about how claims due to occupational injury could also be made. Though right now, my friend and his client are just happy that they were able to win over the employer, who spent a lot of money to hire expensive attorneys that thankfully were not as prepared as my friend was.


Choosing the Right Job to Prevent Occupational Injuries

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Perhaps, the most basic key to avoiding occupational injuries is to choose the job that is right for you.

As professionals, exhausting options should be done in order to land the job that is perfect for you. There is no need to rush into making life decisions because rushing in might cause regrets.

This does not mean that you should be picky and arrogant when in search for a job. This just means that you should know your worth as a young adult that is in your prime and hungry for success. You should not allow yourself to be exploited into jobs that do not value your worth and do not give you room for improvement and growth. Also, beware of jobs that could cause you harm. This can happen if you choose a poor performing company, or if you force yourself to take a job that is not in your field or is not in your skill set.

There are a few things to consider before finally settling for a job offer.

First, you have to know in your heart if it is the career path you want to take. Don’t be blinded by the pay or the freebies or whatever else there is that they use to lure you in. will you be happy with this job? Do you see yourself in 5 years in the same line of business, in the same career path, and will you be happy once you reach the top of this career option? If you know you will be happy, then by all means, take the job. But if you are having doubts, hold it off and think some more.

Second, you have to be well compensated. Just because you are younger does not give companies the right to exploit your talents for lesser fee. There is always a reasonable pay for the type of work you are given, if you think that the offer is good enough for the job, then go right ahead. But if you think you are being paid too low for the amount of work you have to produce, then you better think if you’re willing to receive little for your work.

Third, you deserve a good working environment. This means that you get a good office or cubicle. You cannot produce quality outputs when you are working in an unhealthy environment.

Being young in the corporate world has its advantages and disadvantages. Be sure to take wise decisions in every endeavor so that you can become more accomplished in the long run. Also, making the right decision with regards to the job you have to take will help you avoid occupational injuries because you will be in a working environment that is fit for you and your skills.