Category Archives: Work Injury

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What’s the Difference Between Workers Compensation and Occupational Accident Insurance?

In the event of injury in the work place, workers compensation and occupational accident insurance both give a level of protection to employees. It’s important to understand the difference between the two, since it will be up to the employer to decide which insurance they will be purchasing to protect their company. Workers Compensation This is a state-regulated requirement for employers with a minimum number of employees. Workers compensation covers the cost of lost wages, medical treatment, and rehabilitation for employees who are injured at work. Workers compensation also offers some protection to employers against employees who may sue in relation to their claim. Even if coverage is offered to both parties via workers compensation, employers are still required to provide and maintain a safe workplace to their employees. Workers compensation is the more expensive policy for employers to purchase, but offers more benefits than those found in occupational accident…
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Georgia Man Dies in Chemical Plant Explosion

An Augusta man recently died after suffering serious injuries in an explosion at a Georgia chemical plant. Authorities say that a welding accident led to the ignition of a stationary liquid tank. The explosion threw the 29-year-old man over 75 feet to his death. Two other workers were also thrown from the tank and were hospitalized due to chemical exposure and burns. OSHA is conducting an investigation to determine the circumstances that gave rise to the accident. What to Do If You Lose a Loved One in a Workplace Accident Working in a chemical plant exposes workers to some dangers not present in other workspaces. However, some injuries and deaths that occur in chemical plants are caused by negligence. Under the law, a person has committed negligence if they breach a duty of care they have to others and that breach leads to injury. Tragically, even small acts of negligence…
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“Walking Dead” Stuntman Dies in Fall in Georgia

On July 12, 33-year-old John Bernecker, a stuntman on the television show “The Walking Dead” died after an accident on-set. The stuntman was performing a stunt where he was supposed to fall from a balcony over a railing onto a pad. The pad consisted of 22-inch boxes, port-a-pit pads and another large pad. The balcony was about 22 feet in the air. Another actor on the balcony with Bernecker, Austin Amelio, reported that Bernecker was nervous about the stunt. He had never done a fall from that height. When Bernecker was given the thumbs up, he fell over the rail, but appeared to grab onto the railing at the last second. He then hit the balcony, releasing his grip and spinning upside down while falling. He struck the ground a few inches away from the pad. OSHA Responds The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident. Several…
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