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February 2014
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Employees have a right to a safe and healthy workplace. Employers also benefit by helping prevent on-the-job injuries. Working together, we can continue the recent trend in America toward a safer workplace. Check out these helpful tips and resources.

Social Security Disability Income & Supplemental Security Income
According to the State of California Employment Development Department, an estimated 5.9 million Californians have a disability. Those who are disabled and cannot work may be able to get benefits from the social security administration (SSA). There are two different programs available for those with long-term disabilities. Although the basic requirements for SSI and SSDI are different, each program has the same definition of disabled and has strict limits on when a person is considered disabled enough to receive benefits. Those who suffer from physical disabilities may be eligible for benefits
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Is Your Job One of America’s Most Dangerous?

Vigilance Key to
Safer Workplaces

Reality cable shows like Deadliest Catch and Ax Men thrill millions of viewers with an inside look at the two most dangerous jobs in America: logging and commercial fishing.

But you don’t have to get tangled in a runaway fishing net or whacked by a falling tree to get hurt on the job. Every day, 12 Americans go to work and never come home. Every year, nearly 3 million more suffer debilitating injuries. Employee or employer, you should know how to prevent workplace injuries. 

See the Top 10 Dangerous Jobs
and Tips for a Safer Workplace



Logging was America’s most deadly job in 2012 at 127.8 deaths per 100,000 workers compared to 3.2 per 100,000 workers for all occupations.

Source: America's 10 Deadliest Jobs, Forbes


There were nearly 3 million on-the-job injuries in 2012, or 3.4 per 100 workers. Another 4,383 Americans died while working.

Source: Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Transportation incidents are typically the leading cause of workplace injuries, accounting for two of every five work fatalities in 2012.

Source: Driving Down Distraction, National Safety Council


Guidance on Improving Workplace Safety

Improve worker safety and wellbeing with any of these outstanding programs: Total Worker Health (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Workplace Safety Toolkit (Nonprofit Risk Management), and Journey to Safety Excellence (National Safety Council).

Organization Serves Injured and Disabled Workers

The National Association of Injured and Disabled Workers provides resources, support, guidance and other assistance to injured and disabled workers and their families. Membership is free to injured workers.

Award-Winning Apps Help Protect Worker Safety, Rights

Browse these four award-winning apps designed to help keep workers safe. Featured information includes common workplace hazards, chemical and environmental dangers, proper ergonomics and rights to a safe workplace.

What Do You Think?

Are you in favor of a proposal to make workplace-specific injury and illness data available to the public? Tell us and we’ll enter your name into a drawing for a free iPod Mini!

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