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Construction workers face threat from silica dust

Unfortunately, construction sites can be some of the most common places for workplace injuries and accidents. In addition, Florida construction workers can face danger from some of the materials they are exposed to on the job, including breathable silica. While federal enforcement of a regulation on silica protection went into effect in late 2017, industry compliance continues to be incomplete in spring 2018.

Did your prescription medication harm your health?

Anyone who goes to a doctor for the treatment of an ailment naturally expects the illness to be diagnosed and treated correctly, giving him or her every opportunity to regain health. Unfortunately, many individuals in Florida have suffered the consequences of errors made during the prescription of medications or the mistakes made by pharmacists when they dispense the medicine prescribed by the physician. If you or a family member was the victim of an unintentional prescription or pharmaceutical error, you might have questions about your legal rights.

Major surgical mistakes have serious consequences

In Florida, some types of surgical errors are so egregious that they are widely reported by the media. These types of surgical mistakes include operating on the wrong patient, performing surgery on the wrong site or attempting the wrong surgical procedure. These incidents are so serious that they are referred to as "never incidents" because they should never happen.

Surgical sponges found in woman's body years after surgery

Leaving a surgical instrument inside a patient following a surgery is considered to be a "never event," meaning it should never happen at a Florida health care center. However, there are rare cases when this does occur and results in complications months or even years later. One such recently discovered incident occurred to a Japanese woman.

Five tips for safety-minded business owners

In Florida, as anywhere else in the U.S., it can be hard to maintain a safety-minded culture in the workplace. Deadlines must be met, and the fast pace of the workplace hardly lets up. To neglect worker safety, though, leads to higher injury rates, increased workers' compensation costs and higher medical expenses. The turnover rate will go up, and productivity will go down. Morale will decrease, as employees will lose their trust in their employers.

Workers at risk of death at work

Some Florida workers may have a higher likelihood of dying on the job than other workers. According to a report released by the AFL-CIO, 5,190 people were killed while at work in 2016, an increase from the 4,836 fatalities that occurred in 2015. The report also stated that another 50,000 to 60,000 workers died as a result of occupational diseases. The primary cause of employees was transportation incidents.

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