For decades, family farms that employ 11 or fewer non-family workers have been exempt from federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration oversight. This means that deaths and injuries that would have raised alarms in other industries have gone unreported in this industry.
A popular 20-year-old Towson University student from Gaithersburg was killed in mid-December in a hit-and-run accident in Towson, the latest in many pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the Baltimore area.
Workers who work outdoors during wintertime already know that this can be cold and unpleasant. Winter weather also causes dangerous conditions that may lead to injuries. While our Maryland winter has been mild this year, the months of December to early March can still pose some major workplace hazards.
This time of year, leading up to the Christmas and Hanukkah season, sees retailers, factories, delivery/logistics providers and more adding temporary workers en masse. Temp or seasonal workers sometimes get a “bad rap” on the job, because they are only there to tide things over until work slows back down. That is wholly unfair to the countless men and women who fill these seasonal positions, though.
Recently, the National Safety Council held their Congress & Expo, billed as the country’s largest gathering of safety professionals. As part of that, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released their top 10 most frequently cited workplace violations for fiscal year 2018.
Two workers recently suffered injury from falling glass coming from a large shattered window at a Baltimore area office and residential tower. The 20-story Exelon Building at Harbor Point houses the regional headquarters of the Exelon power conglomerate, as well as more than 100 apartments and several ground-level retail stores.
Work injuries are not only physically painful, they are mentally taxing. Any time you are out of work for an extended period due to a serious injury, you’ll likely spend a great deal of time thinking about your climbing medical expenses, your utilities and other bills, and your job security.
While the potential types of workplace injuries are as varied as the workers who suffer them, there are some commonalities among injury claims that qualify for workers' compensation benefits.
A one-of-a-kind recovery center in Maryland does what no other facility in the country can: focuses solely on the mental, emotional, and physical needs of active, injured, and retired firefighters suffering from work-induced post-traumatic stress disorder.
Across Maryland, commercial activity outside spikes during summertime, of course. Some kinds of work require warm weather. So, we are seeing an increase in construction sites, road repair, recreational and tourism activity, agricultural work, lawn care and landscaping, and similar trades.