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Can medical marijuana be claimed for workers comp?

While the saying goes that there's nothing new under the sun, there are new ways of looking at old things. While marijuana has been around for many centuries, only now is it being used as legalized medicine in the U.S.

Can it be claimed as medicinal for the purposes of workers compensation in Maryland? The answer is yes and no, and the answer is evolving.

Fatalities serve as reminder of construction site danger

The death of two construction workers who were building the JW Marriott Hotel in Orlando, Florida has resulted in citations for their employers and a renewed call for workplace safety.

The workers were among a crew pouring concrete on the building's seventh floor when the support structure collapsed, according to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Retail workers suffer worker's comp-related injuries too

When we think of worker's comp injuries, we think of construction workers who fall several stories, or loggers who suffer from chainsaw-related injuries, or factory workers crushed between competing pieces of machinery, or fishermen impaled on industrial-sized tuna hooks.

But most worker's comp claims come from more mundane professions - store clerks, cashiers, cart corallers, ticket agents and pharmacy technicians who suffer from musculoskeletal disorders that can be just as debilitating as being crushed under a crab trap in the Bering Sea.

Work shoes: An overlooked ingredient to workplace safety

Shoes are as important to worker safety on construction sites as hard hats and safety goggles. The benefits far outstrip simple reinforced soles or steel toes.

There are many workplace injuries that start with an improper set of footwear. Here are some workplace injuries proper gear can help prevent:

How to avoid frostbite while working

When temperatures drop below freezing, hypothermia and frostbite are very real possibilities.

Workers need to know the signs of frostbite so they can get warm as soon as possible, let their employers know if they need to seek medical attention immediately and hopefully avoid the permanent skin damage or even amputation that might follow.

Good habits, posture can keep you safe at work

Every job – from the most active to the most desk-bound – can lead to serious, debilitating injury. If you carry heavy objects, perform repetitive actions or fail to wear the appropriate safety gear, you could leave yourself open to workplace injury.

The best prevention is to be healthy. Get enough sleep. Manage your stress. Eat a healthy diet and manage your weight. Stay active.

I'm a nanny. Do I have workers' comp?

If you are hired to work in and around another person's home you may be considered an employee. This can hold true whether you are a nanny, housekeeper, caregiver or lawn maintenance technician.

Being a household employee means your employer has a responsibility to you. Some of these responsibilities are obvious while some might not occur to the average person. For example, qualify as an employee for purposes of Worker's Compensation, should you get injured on the job and unable to return to that position, you may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation that includes job retraining.  

Here are the Top 10 causes of injury at work

Insurance carrier Liberty Mutual has compiled public and proprietary statistics to develop the Top 10 causes of disabling injuries at work.

It's main finding: Despite a drop in serious accidents of 1.5 percent in the past year, workplace injuries cost U.S. businesses more than $58 billion per year, up 3 percent from 2017.

Gov. calls for expanded workers' comp for firefighters

Eyeing the threat of occupational cancers among firefighters, Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Feb. 6 that he is supporting bills in the state legislature that would allow firefighters to claim workers' compensation for certain types of cancer.

Research has shown that firefighters are exposed nearly every day to toxic chemicals and smoke that can increase the chances of thyroid, kidney and other types of cancer. These cancers can become apparent many years after the firefighter has left the profession.

Speed camera comeback in Baltimore City

Just like feathered accessories and square-toe shoes, it seems even speed cameras are making a comeback in Baltimore City. The cameras were shut down in 2013 for issuing erroneous tickets, but the city hopes that the updated cameras will not have the same problem.

Drivers, beware. The plan is to add 37 more traffic cameras around the city, 27 of which will be speed cameras. These will join the traffic cameras that were already in place making Baltimore City home to over 100 cameras.

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