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Tips for helping a burn heal

If you suffer a serious burn on the job, get medical treatment quickly. Do not simply try to treat it yourself. You need to have a doctor analyze it and tell you about the best course of action for complete healing. You also need documentation of the injury and your treatment for the sake of workers' compensation.

That said, there are things you can do to promote healing after the fact. A few helpful examples include:

  • Using an antibiotic ointment on the area to reduce the odds of infection and scarring.
  • Putting a cool compress on the burn and/or running it under cold water to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Using aloe vera, the same plant often used after a sunburn, to promote healing and soothe the pain.
  • Refraining from popping any blisters or peeling away the skin. You want to wrap the burn and allow it to heal naturally.
  • Using pain relievers that also help to reduce swelling.
  • Continuing treatment with your doctor and meeting with medical professionals to see if more steps are needed.

Workers' comp in relation to carpal tunnel syndrome

Many jobs these days require workers to sit at a desk and type for eight hours every day. Over time, this can result in carpal tunnel syndrome. One of the early warning signs you have developed with this condition is that you experience a tingling or painful sensation going from your shoulder to your forearm. Your fingers may also feel swollen. 

It becomes extremely difficult to continue to type when you constantly experience pain in your fingers and hands. What many people do not realize is that they can file a workers' comp claim for such an injury. It may be difficult to prove the injury occurred as a result of your workplace, but pursuing a claim can be worth it. 

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Workers' comp could get denied if you never got treatment

If you get hurt on the job, go get medical treatment. Do it as soon as possible. Don't try to tough it out. Don't put it off. Just go get the treatment that you need.

The first reason for this, of course, is that you don't know the scope of the injury. It could be worse than you think. You never want to take a risk with your health. Your chances of a full recovery are best if you head in for treatment right away. Do not deny yourself that chance.

Plywood falls on construction worker, killing him

Tragically, a man has been killed in California after an accident on a construction site. The incident happened in San Rafael on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

According to the reports, the man had arrived at the job site and was sitting near the piece of plywood. It is unclear exactly what he was doing, but it was still very early in the workday.

Let's be honest about ladder falls

If a co-worker expresses concerns about the safety of a ladder or mentions worrying about on-site injuries from a fall, do you really take it seriously? Even safety-minded individuals often overlook these risks. We're just so accustomed to using ladders every day that it seems very safe.

It can be safe, but the reality is that accidents happen. People suffer serious injuries. Some pass away from those injuries. It's time to be honest about that risk.

California often treats small farms differently than other states

Worker safety on small farms is something of a point of contention in the United States. While other types of businesses have to answer to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Congress determined decades ago that the same oversight should not apply to these small farming operations. They're often family-run farms, though they may still have employees.

The problem is that the lack of government oversight means that dangerous and even deadly conditions sometimes exist. When a worker is injured or even killed, these events do not always spark the same large-scale investigations that they would elsewhere.

Hearing loss America’s most common workplace injury

When you work in an industry known to be dangerous, such as logging, fishing or manufacturing, you probably exercise care when performing certain duties to reduce your risk of injury. Today’s most common workplace injury is not what you may expect, however, and it is one that can impact workers who hold logging, fishing or manufacturing jobs as well as those working in many other fields: hearing loss.

USA Today reports that hearing loss is now America’s most common work-related injury and that the problem is so prevalent nowadays that the nation’s employers pay about $242 million annually in hearing loss-related workers’ compensation costs. Furthermore, more than 22 million American workers undergo exposure to potentially hazardous levels of noise every year. Unless workers and employers take more steps to protect themselves, these figures will likely continue to rise.

How do you know if you threw out your back?

Suffering a back injury at work can lead to extensive medical treatment and could even change the course of your career. One potential issue you face is throwing your back out while simply trying to perform the duties associated with your employment. How do you know if that is what you've done?

The first thing you should know is that an official diagnosis is very important, especially when it comes to workers' compensation. You need to see a medical professional, not just for treatment, but also to get documentation of your injury and to find out what type of injury it really is. Never assume anything or decide to make that diagnosis on your own. Stop working immediately and seek out proper medical care.

Why steam burns can be worse than water burns

Coming in contact with boiling water or scalding steam puts you in serious danger of suffering significant burns. In some occupations, this is a constant threat and something that all workers must be aware of.

You may have heard that even when steam and water are technically the same temperature, steam can cause worse burns. Why does this happen?

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