Minimizing Workplace Injuries

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Workplace Injury

High modifier rates and workers’ compensation premiums are just two of the many major concerns that can easily gnaw away company time and resources due mainly either to hiring the wrong man for a certain job or offering the wrong job to a certain individual.

Injuries can be sustained anywhere, working environments included. Contrary to what many assume that offices are free from injury-causing accidents, well, guess again because records from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US Department of Labor show that in 2012 alone almost 3 million non-fatal workplace illnesses and injuries were sustained by the same number of employees in offices, and in industrial and construction sites.

The LaMarca Law Group, P.C., mentions on its website about 5,500 job-related deaths in the year 2007 and this is in spite of the provision of a healthy and safe working environment required of employers by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

An improving economy will definitely result to mass hiring; this, however, can take a toll on many small businesses which have limited resources and which may not have a certified HR Consultant in their roster of existing employees. And though a firm may eventually draw an applicant whose expertise and skills are just what the company needs, there is no guarantee that that applicant, when hired, will enjoy the work he/she was offered, will live up to the expectations of the company, will serve the company for years, and so forth.

Surprisingly, while many firms still struggle in finding the man “rightly designed for the job,” others just seem to know exactly what to offer to whom. The real strategy employed by these firms, though, is not in having a top notch HR manager, but in getting the services of functional employment testing firms, like WorkSTEPS, to find the person who will be perfect for the job. One vital question regarding this strategy, however, is, “how effective is it?”

Taking it from the companies that saw the rationality of going to functional employment testing firms for their recruitment needs, these same companies claim of immediately feeling the benefits of their decision through significantly reduced absenteeism, employee turnover, lost time, worksite accident/injury and compensation claims, and increased production, satisfied employees and the creation of a workplace that is medically safe and compliant with legal standards.

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Product Liability

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Personal Injury

Making sure that the products consumers buy are safe is one of the major tasks of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Besides this, the bureau’s other duties include:

  • Accepting and investigating consumer complaints regarding defective products
  • Putting a stop to the deceptive, unjust and fraudulent practices by business firms
  • Informing businesses and consumers about their duties, responsibilities and rights
  • Formulating and enforcing fair marketplace rules
  • Making sure that no deceptive and/or misleading labels are used by manufacturers
  • Filing lawsuits against firms or individuals found selling defective products or violating consumer rights

Sadly, however, thousands of lawsuits continue to be filed against manufacturer every year due to the harm or injury caused by their defective products. Records from the National Center for Health Statistics show more than 31 million people being injured every year due to irresponsible behavior of certain individuals and/or businesses, such as drivers, medical professionals, business owners, manufacturers, and others.

The effect of this irresponsibility is extended to the manufacture of various goods, like electronic devices, safety gadgets for children, toys, medical device, prescription drug and other pharmaceutical products, food, vehicles, tools, and many others.

On its website, the Goings Law Firm, LLC, tells of the many injuries unsuspecting consumers suffer from because of the safety hazards caused by uncaring, reckless and negligent manufacturers. Manufacturers, of course, have the legal obligation to make sure that their products are totally safe and that the labels of these products accurately identify the product’s ingredients, include all vital instructions or warnings associated with the use of the product, and never make baseless claims on what the product can do.

While there is no guarantee that those harmed or injured by defective products would receive compensation from the manufacturer of the faulty good, being represented by a personal injury lawyer can give victims better chances of having their rights fully recognized by the court and so decide on their behalf. Compensation is meant to cover costly medical treatment, lost wages and all other present and future damages resulting from the injury.

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