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Anchorage Alaska Workers' Compensation Blog

Do you have a basic understanding of workers' compensation?

Alaska workers have certain rights, including the right to a reasonable expectation of safety on the workplace. Even the most dangerous jobs should have certain safety standards in place in order to reduce the chance of unnecessary accidents. However, accidents can still happen, and when they do, workers may find themselves dealing with painful injuries that can require expensive medical treatment and time off work.

Workplace injuries are more than just an inconvenience. They can be expensive to treat, and it can be difficult to pay your medical bills if you can't even go to work. This is why workers' compensation insurance exists – to meet the needs of injured workers. It is in your interests to know what types of benefits you may be able to get and how you can navigate the claims process.

If you haul chemicals across Alaska, beware of these hazards

Hauling chemicals across Alaska is dangerous, and improper safety protocols can have devastating consequences. The care and expertise required in chemical logistics are at a significantly higher level than the transportation of other goods. An endless list of regulations is in place to mitigate the safety hazards and deal with the unique challenges of this industry.

As a truck operator of a chemical logistics company, you will need the perfect balance of safety training and chemical knowledge to protect yourself and the public from dangerous chemical accidents. Although your safety and health are the responsibilities of your employer, your alertness to potential hazards will play a significant role in your ability to stay out of the hospital.

Protecting your health and safety as a trucker

Despite the advantages of driving a truck for a living, you cannot deny that your job is one of the most dangerous to have, especially if you are a long-haul trucker. While you probably do not start your day worrying whether you are going to get hurt, it is prudent to be aware of some of the most common ways in which truckers are injured every day and what you can do if you are hurt on the job.

Your job requires more than driving. You may load and unload your trailer, perform maintenance, and make repairs on your vehicle. Any of these can result in injury to your back, your knees, your arms or hands. Using the right tools for the job and remaining aware of your surroundings may reduce the risk, but your greatest risks occur when you are operating your vehicle.

Dealing with violent customers requires more than one worker

You often see most work injuries that require compensation come as a result of a reckless co-worker or employer not properly preparing themselves and the other employees for the dangerous environment. However, some injuries come from the people the workers are serving.

In massive workplaces such as large department stores or hotels, there is plenty of room for customers that feel like they can get away with violent actions. If you must respond to the scene quickly since security hasn’t showed up yet, it is crucial that you do not do so alone. It will have a large impact on how the situation is dealt with and your chances of getting workers’ compensation if you are injured in the process.

Important Alaska workers’ compensation deadlines

The process of getting workers’ compensation in Alaska has been problematic lately. More workers continue to receive injuries on the job and find problems with the system. This is especially troublesome as the U.S. Department of Labor recently revealed that Alaska had the highest fatal occupational injury rate of the nation in 2017.

It is important for the state’s workers and families to understand how filing a claim for workers’ compensation works in Alaska with how high the injury rate is. While the system has flaws, there have still been several instances where the worker was at fault for not getting the coverage they needed.

Unmarried and childless workers lack full death benefits

Many professions in Alaska can have unpredictable work environments. Those who work a more physical job such as an oil field worker, miner, truck driver or construction worker may have an easier time getting their daily exercise in when compared to an office desk job, but they risk their health in many other ways. Because of this, these workers often learn about compensation and death benefits before they go to work so they can prepare on how to recover from physical and financial damage after a major injury or accident on the site.

Unfortunately, the current state laws are more tailored towards certain workers. If a worker dies on the job, there is only a limited amount of people in their lives that can receive full benefits from their death. Workers and their families should familiarize themselves with the state’s current laws on the matter so they know what to expect in the event of the worker’s demise.

How to protect older employees from injuries

Aging workers face the same workplace hazards as other workers, including severe injuries from falls, harmful exposures or transportation incidents. And as Americans live and work longer, the likelihood grows for work-related injuries.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health report, just under 10 percent of workplace fatalities were among workers aged 65 and older. Also, the fatality rate for older workers was nearly three times that of younger workers. Due to the apparent dangers in specific industries, it’s essential for employers to have safe practices for all their employees, despite their age.

Alaska’s workers’ comp: what’s covered and how to get compensated

Alaska has one of the most resilient workforces around. No matter how rugged of a worker you are, though, sometimes you will need time to recover from an injury. It’s in those moments that you should speak to your employer and secure workers’ compensation.

There is no shame in making use of these benefits – after all, when you’re unable to work you still need to pay your bills, make ends meet and keep food on the table for yourself and family. Alaska has unique workers’ compensation laws, and you may be wondering if you are eligible.

Disabled at work? Know the benefits protected by Alaska law

Families are often financially devastated when a parent or loved one is restricted from working and earning money as before. It is not easy to manage a halt in the flow of finances when medical bills rise and you’re forced to cope with a temporary or permanent injury.

So, what can you do when injured on the job? After seeking medical attention and possibly legal counsel for workers compensation, it is important you know employee disability rights.

How do I file a worker’s compensation claim?

There isn’t much that is more stressful than being injured on the job. Not only is it a hassle to go through medical treatment to get back to work quickly, but getting a claim processed isn’t the easiest process either.

Regardless, it is important if you experience a workplace injury to you take care of yourself right away and get your claim filed to help pay for medical bills and missed time from work.


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