Did your job cause your chronic back pain?

Back pain is a real … well, pain in the back. Whether it’s dull and achy or sharp and stabbing, chronic or sudden back pain can greatly reduce your quality of life. Depending on your job, back pain could be the result of an occupational injury. Industries where heavy lifting is a regular duty are prone to causing back pain for employees, but even lower-impact jobs can be a concern. Three main factors often cause work-related back pain: Force, such as lifting or moving heavy objects Repetitive movements, especially twisting or rotating the spine Inactivity, particularly if you have poor posture or sit in a chair with poor support Can I avoid back pain? If your job puts you at a risk for back pain, there are several things you can do to prevent causing an injury: Watch your posture by avoiding slouching, adjusting a chair or computer setup properly and [...]

2020-02-10T05:57:11+00:00November 30th, 2018|

Is addiction covered by the Americans With Disabilities Act?

You know that drug addiction is a disease, so it only seems to make sense that the Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA, would provide some measure of job security if you're struggling with addiction. And it does -- but only under certain circumstances. The ADA often struggles to balance the interests of employers and employees when it comes to disability accommodations, and addiction is a tricky one to handle. In general, if you're suffering from a drug addiction, this is what you should know: Current drug use isn't protected. Your employer has a right to maintain a drug-free workplace. If you are currently using illegal drugs, you can be disciplined or fired. Even if you have been diagnosed with an addiction, the ADA will usually not protect you. Addiction is a listed disability. The ADA does, however, list substance abuse and addiction as a disability -- but only if you qualify [...]

2020-02-11T10:42:24+00:00November 13th, 2018|

Subaru and Toyota to recall hundreds of thousands of cars

Automakers Toyota and Subaru have announced a giant recall of 400,000 problematic cars. The automakers stated in a recent recall announcement that the recall issue stems from defective engine valve springs that could break and result in an engine stall. Engine stalls like this can be especially dangerous for drivers who are navigating traffic because an engine stall could result in an auto collision. Some of the vehicles in the recall are Subaru's Impreza, BRZ and Forester automobiles. In addition, Toyota's 86 sport car and Scion FR-S (which are also manufactured by Subaru) were included as well. At this time, the owners of affected cars have yet to be notified. However, Subaru promised that it would begin notifying owners directly via the mail in December. The process of fixing the engine valve springs at the heart of this problem will not be entirely easy. According to Subaru, the repair for each [...]

2020-02-11T11:42:44+00:00November 9th, 2018|

Grape harvesting machine claims life in Napa

Some workers in California benefit from having a safe work environment where accidents and injuries are highly unlikely. Other workers face life-threatening dangers every time they report to their jobs. Agricultural workers are particularly at risk of on-the-job injuries. A fatal accident on Oct. 29 at a Napa vineyard is an example of the risks faced by California agricultural employees. The tragedy happened at the Deconinck Vineyards in Napa at approximately 12:30 p.m. The fire department responded to a call about a worker who was caught up in a grape-picking device close to Silverado Trail. The Napa Valley Sheriff's Office said that emergency responders were on the scene within five minutes of the accident. However, they were unable to save the worker, who died at approximately 12:45 p.m. He was 49 years old. According to the worker's family members, their loved one had been working on the ground close to the [...]

2020-02-10T06:37:24+00:00November 2nd, 2018|