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Airplane workers, especially baggage handlers are at continued risk for injuries because of the nature of their work. With constant repetitive movements, such as kneeling, bending and lifting, baggage handlers are prone to musculoskeletal pain. It is common for airline workers to seek the help of an attorney to help them receive compensation for their injuries.

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Musculoskeletal Pain

A recent study, conducted by Swedish researchers studied the instances of low back and shoulder musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among baggage handlers working in the country’s 41 airports. The goal of the study was to document physical and psychosocial conditions in the work environment that could be used to develop interventions that would improve the health of baggage workers. Out of 1,400 baggage handlers, 806 were eligible to participate in the study based on being active, full-time employees during the time of data collection. Out of the 806 baggage handlers, 525 employees participated. 98% were male and 2% were female.

The American Nursing Association (ANA) has reported that nurses face a high risk of back injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders. The ANA also learned that a nationwide survey of more than 700 nurses found that approximately 64 percent stated that needlestick injuries and blood borne infections were a major concern to them. Fifty-five percent also believed that their workplace safety climate has negatively impacted their personal safety.

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In instances where healthcare professionals such as nurses are injured on the job, they should consult with a Chicago personal injury attorney.

Over the last decade, auto safety has evolved from basic safety features like seat belt warning signals and child safety locks to high-tech safety features that are preventing accidents and protecting drivers. As auto safety innovation continues, today’s vehicles are the safest in U.S. history. Each year, Illinois auto injuries and fatalities require a Chicago auto accident lawyer who can provide legal assistance to victims of car accidents.

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Auto Safety and Accident Statistics

Flight attendants deal with a variety of stressful situations on the job. From demanding adults to airsick children, they must  resolve conflicts and find creative solutions to keep passengers safe in the air and satisfied with their service. Unfortunately, flight attendants still face a much higher level of risk than other workers.

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Injury and Illness Rates

In an attempt to make working conditions safer, unions raised concern about the alarmingly high rates of recordable injuries and illnesses as early as 2000. At that time, injury rates among airline workers were above 10%, higher than industry rates for mining, construction, and agriculture. Despite years of work to reform the industry, injury rates remain much higher for flight attendants than workers in other industries.

It is common for those who need to travel by airplane to be concerned about their safety while up in the air. With worries ranging from mechanical failures to terrorism, fliers have a right to be concerned. However, there is good news to report as the International Air Transport Association recently reported that the number of major airplane accidents dropped by almost 12 percent during 2015 from the previous year. This is the equivalent of one major accident per 3.1 million flights flown.

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Tony Tyler, CEO of this group reported, “In terms of the number of fatal accidents, it was an extraordinarily safe year.” The group reported that 3.5 billion travelers remained safe on 37.6 million commercial flights flown during last year.

Over the last few years, hit and run auto accidents have been on the rise. Since 2009, there has been a 14 percent increase in fatalities caused by hit and run accidents across the country. They create especially dangerous conditions for drivers, as well as pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists who have limited protection from direct impact. In Illinois, confused victims of hit and run accidents require an auto accident lawyer Chicago who can unravel the legal consequences of accidents and injuries.

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Hit and Run Accidents

Victims of Hit and Run Accidents

Legislatures across the country are eagerly making changes to workers’ compensation programs that will have a negative impact on workers’ rights and their ability to receive quality care and treatment for work-related injuries. Arguing that workers’ compensation reform is necessary to protect state budgets, these legislative changes are removing many of the protections and rights that workers depend upon to cover them should they be injured in the course of their job related duties.

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Katz Friedman Workers Rights & Safety in Jeopardy

In Texas and Oklahoma, legislators have passed measures which allow employers to opt-out of the state workers’ compensation programs. Thus far, 120 companies have been granted permission to opt out of state workers’ compensation programs and set up and administer internal workers’ compensation programs. The quality of these programs varies widely and there is little to no oversight of their operations. Furthermore, these internal programs are rife with onerous restrictions that are designed to not only deter claims, but reduce the overall liability of the company.

January 21, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed new methods that could be used to determine if a motor carrier is unfit by publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register. This proposed new rule is known as the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD). This determination would be based on how a carrier’s on-road safety data relates to five out of seven of FMCSA’s Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs).

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What is Changing with SFD?

The National Football League (NFL) recently announced that the number of diagnosed concussions increased by almost 32 percent this past season. This comes as a surprise after the previous two years showed a decrease in reported concussions, since the enhanced concussion protocol was implemented following the 2012 season. During that season, there were 261 concussions reported.

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Protecting Young Athletes from Head Injuries

While it is natural for the NFL to be concerned about this increase in brain injuries, this news is causing concern among pediatricians and youth sports leagues. The concern with this is that young athletes may be at increased risk for repeated head trauma throughout their involvement in sports. Repeated head trauma can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

A 2016 Workplace Safety Index published by Liberty Mutual Research Institute found that United States employers paid out approximately $62 billion for their employees’ disabling nonfatal workplace injuries during 2013. This annual report is based on data gathered from workers compensation claims submitted to the company through workers and their workers’ compensation lawyers. Data obtained from the National Academy of Social Insurance and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is also used to generate their report.

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Top 10 Leading Causes of Disabling Workplace Injuries
Liberty Mutual’s report can help Illinois companies take steps to improve safety to protect their employees while protecting their bottom line. Each year, the Institute ranks the top ten leading causes of the most serious workplace injuries according to what their direct costs are. It is important to note that while only direct costs are factored into this study, indirect costs related to workplace injuries are also costly. Indirect costs related to workplace injuries include: