Working in the garbage industry is more dangerous than you might think. In any physically demanding job, there's a chance of injury. But a refuse worker's chance of injury--and even death--on the job is surprisingly high.
As we discussed in a previous post, independent contractors are typically exempt from workers' compensation. However, sometimes employers try to misclassify their employees as independent contractors in order to avoid paying for their workers' compensation premiums.
We've dedicated many previous posts to discussing Georgia workers' right to workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation is a type of insurance designed to support workers and their families in the event of on-the-job accidents or negligence that incapacitate a worker.
Many companies use workers' compensation as a way of shielding themselves from litigation if one of their employees is injured or killed on the job. Instead, employees who suffer injury can file a workers' compensation claim with their company.
If you work as a temporary worker, you may feel like you're at the bottom of the totem pole. You may not receive medical insurance or paid time off. However, you are still entitled to fundamental health protections.
Workplace safety isn't on the "nice-to-have" list of goals for employers. Federal and state laws establish that workers have the right to operate in safe environments. That means making sure they get information about all the known risks around them, the training necessary to avoid harm and any equipment that might be essential for maintaining safety. Unfortunately, not every employer lives up to those obligations. And even where they do, work-related injuries still occur.
Headlines are not lacking items of violent and injury-causing events in workplaces. There was a time when shootings by disgruntled post office workers were common enough that the phrase, going postal, came into existence. Today, it can describe any situation in which someone displays uncontrolled anger in the extreme.
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When you think about jobs that have a high instance of workplace injuries, you may think of obviously dangerous or high-risk professions, such as construction. However, accidents can occur in any work environment--and even seemingly safe jobs can lead to injury.
Workers' compensation functions as a system of protection--both for the employee and the employer. If you get injured on the job, workers' compensation insurance helps to ensure that you get the medical care you need and that you don't lose wages while you're out of work. In exchange, this system also protects the employer from a lawsuit.