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Back or neck pain and your Social Security disability case

Few medical problems are more painful and disabling than a disease or injury to your lumbosacral spine (BACK) or your cervical spine (NECK). Social Security Disability benefits are there for you if your back or neck condition makes you disabled from performing even light-duty, or sedentary, jobs.

Help! Social Security wants to cut my disability benefits!

Sometimes, the Social Security Disability Administration will try to cut your benefits under a "Continuing Disability Review," or "CDR." If this happens, all is far from lost. You can elect to fight a decision to cut your benefits. You can also elect to keep getting benefits while the administration conducts its review-but act fast, because you only have a few days to file for continuing benefits after your notice of termination. You will have to decide whether to collect benefits during the review, because if you lose your appeal, you will owe back all benefits you received during the process of review.

Construction worker machinery death highlights work risks

Most people accept that construction is a relatively dangerous career path. There are certainly many potential risk factors that construction workers must face on a daily basis. They may need to climb ladders or work on top of scaffolding. Falls are a common source of injury and even of fatalities. They also work around a lot of moving objects, including heavy machinery and supplies. The tools of the trade can also pose a risk, from physical injury caused by a malfunction to crushing injuries.

Although New York has many laws in place to protect construction workers, accidents still happen. That can leave individual workers unable to earn a wage as they recover or leave a family without a loved one in the wake of a fatal accident. Workers' compensation offers protection for construction workers and their families when accidents do happen on the work site.

A clean workplace is a safer workplace

Depending on your profession, you may come to find that your workplace isn't nearly as clean and organized as it should be. While this doesn't sound like a big deal, it could result in an accident at some point.

A clean workplace is a safer workplace, and here are three tips you should follow at all times:

  • Keep floors and other work surfaces clear of debris. For example, if you work in construction, you don't want the job site to be littered with trash throughout the day. This increases the likelihood of a trip-and-fall accident.
  • Floors should be both dry and clean at all times. A wet floor is a challenge to safely navigate. If a floor is wet for any reason, such as a recent cleaning, a sign should be used to notify employees.
  • Use green cleaning products. Regardless of your workplace, it goes without saying that cleaning products will be used every now and again. While it's not required, green products are much less likely to cause a health condition to flare up.

5 common causes of ladder accidents

Depending on your profession, you may have to use a ladder to complete your job. For example, if you work in construction or as a painter there won't be many days that go by when you don't use a ladder at least once.

You should become familiar with the most common causes of ladder accidents, as you never know if something bad could happen to you when you least expect it. Even if you have many years of experience on a ladder, it only takes one mistake to cause a serious accident.

Do you understand the many types of reckless driving?

As a driver, you should always do whatever it takes to obey the rules of the road. For example, you shouldn't drive distracted, drink and drive or operate your vehicle in excess of the speed limit.

You should also become familiar with the many types of reckless driving. Not only will this knowledge change your approach to driving, but it can also help you avoid an accident with a negligent driver.

Concerned about a workers' comp denial?

If you suffer an on-the-job injury, you shouldn't hesitate to receive medical attention. At that point, you don't want to worry about anything but getting your health in order.

Once you receive treatment and consult with your doctor on your recovery, you will want to turn your attention to your employment. More specifically, you need to determine if you're able to return to your job.

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These workplace safety hazards must be taken seriously

Any workplace safety hazard, no matter what it may be, has the potential to cause an accident that results in serious injury or even death.

Regardless of your position and job responsibilities, it's imperative to fully understand the many safety hazards you could come in contact with throughout your workday. With this knowledge, it's much easier to avoid trouble.

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