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10 most common OSHA violations on construction sites and other workplaces

Most people would like to think they are safe while at work. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. In fact, according to the most recent data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 4,821 people suffered fatal work injuries in 2014 alone - with nearly 1,250 workers dying in just the construction and manufacturing industries.

SSA trudges through a backlog of SSDI applications

People who are applying for Social Security Disability benefits in Maryland or anywhere across the U.S. could be waiting for a long period of time. Surprisingly, it could take up to a year or longer for applicants to hear whether they have been approved for benefits. The process may take even longer if applicants are denied benefits and have to appeal the SSA’s decision. This requires more paperwork, processing and an appeals hearing before a Social Security judge. During this time, people suffering with disabilities are often left without a paycheck, sick, unable to work and struggling to make ends meet.

Identifying the signs of traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain damage is one of the most common types of injuries that occur in Maryland, as well as across the U.S. Workers in almost any industry run the risk of being hit by a falling object, plummeting from a high place or slipping on clutter that has been left on the floor. In fact, approximately 138 people are killed every day from injuries involving brain trauma. Workers who become the victims of brain damage may suffer from serious repercussions, which could be long-lasting or even permanent. Since early treatment can help to improve the outcome for injured workers with brain trauma, it is important that people are able to identify the signs of TBI.

How do workplace injuries occur?

Whether you are employed in the construction industry or you work in an office setting, you may have been taught the importance of workplace safety. Despite your attempts to avoid hazardous situations at work, however, you may run the risk of becoming the unfortunate victim of traumatic brain damage. Any type of incident that causes the brain to experience a forceful impact can cause brain trauma. As the soft tissue hits into the hard skull bone, it can become inflamed and bruised. You may be able to avoid developing brain damage by understanding how these incidents occur.

How can I prevent becoming a road rage victim?

You know as a motorist in Maryland that the roads can be congested, slow-moving and even dangerous. One of the dangers you have probably encountered is road rage – that driver who tailgates you in the slow lane and then suddenly cuts around you, screams obscenities at you because you can’t get out of his or her way fast enough or is speeding and swerving around other cars.

New report centers on teens and depression

For people in Maryland who experience clinical depression, it can be hard for them to learn how to cope with their condition. The National Institute of Mental Health states that it is important for people to understand that there are others who experience what they are feeling and thinking. There are different levels of the illness – some people may just lose energy or feel uninterested in normal activities while others may have thoughts of suicide and struggle with overwhelming feelings of hopelessness.

Older construction workers have higher rate of falls

At McGowan & Cecil LLC, we see many injuries associated with falls that occur on a construction site. Such a workplace accident could leave you suffering with a brain injury, neck and back damage, spinal cord injury and broken bones. However, a recent study reveals that if you are over the age of 55, your risk of falling is greater.

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