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With many employees now working form home in Weston and across South Florida, workers are enjoying more flexibility than ever before, including the ability to set up their home office just as they wish. While working form home has many perks, if you’re injured while performing work duties, your situation can quickly become complicated.

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Right now, many companies are offering work from home arrangements. When employees work on site and are injured on the job, workers’ compensation pays for needed medical expenses and some lost wages.

But what happens when the injuries occur at home?

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Many office employees in Homestead are now working from home, and while the practice can be rewarding, it also poses challenges. Offices and workplaces need to be set up with employee safety in mind or they face liability exposure and potentially fines and penalties. Most homes, however, are set up for living and not for work.

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You may not consider workplace safety at home, but it’s a real concern. Injuries may be more likely for those in Homestead working from home right now because many of us are spending less time socializing and more time at our devices and computers.

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Right now, many people are working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While working from home can be a pleasant switch from your regular routine, it also comes with its own dangers, especially if you’re not used to working from home and have not set up a space for you to work safely.

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Use these tips to set up a safe environment for working at home:

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Many employees who work in nursing homes in Hollywood, Homestead, and other Florida communities are concerned right now. With the coronavirus outbreak, staff at nursing homes are at risk if there is an outbreak in a long-term care facility, and since there have been many such outbreaks, many employees are justifiably worried.

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Compounding the problem is the fact that there is not enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect all staff and in some locations getting tested for the virus can be difficult. In addition, some people who have the COVID-19 virus are asymptomatic. They can pass the illness onto others because they do not know they are unwell, allowing the illness to spread rapidly. Since nursing home staff work closely with residents, they are especially at risk.

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Many people are working from home currently to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While it can seem that working remotely can come with almost no risks of injury, this is not the case. In the workplace, there are safety protocols to keep workers safe and your employer is required to take reasonable steps to keep employees safe.

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There are some unique dangers to working from home. If you are distracted by your home environment, you may suffer from slip and fall injuries or other injuries, for example. Your home set-up may not be designed for long-term use, leading to repetitive strain injuries.

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Whether you work in a factory or industrial setting or in an office, you face risks for workplace accidents. Of course, the types of injuries you face may be different. In a white-collar position your largest risks may come from slip and fall accidents or repetitive stress injury. If you work in a manufacturing setting around heavy equipment, your largest risk may be crushing injuries, strains, or amputations.

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Regardless of the risks you face, all workers can take a few steps to keep themselves safer on the job:

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In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, workers in Hollywood, Miami, and other parts of Southern Florida now face more hazards on the job. In addition to worrying about falls, strains, fractures, and other injuries, employees may now also be concerned about exposure to the new COVID-19 virus.

At Flaxman Law Group, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking steps to keep our staff and our clients and community safe. We are also aware the situation can impact all workers’ safety, a subject we are passionate about. In light of the new situation, there are new considerations for your safety:

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In Homestead and across South Florida, workplace violence and injury is a serious concern. While workplaces can create work-safe policies, install more lighting, and add security systems, workplace violence requires a more proactive approach.

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Violence on the job can occur due to disgruntled employees or upset workers. It can happen in any place of work and can occur with little warning. The reasons are complex and can involve a combination of individual employee struggles as well as other factors. Preventing often centers around educating workplaces to spot warning signs so those at risk can get help. Some ideas for preventing violence at your office or workplace include:

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Unfortunately, one of the realities of workplaces today is that they can be the site of violence. Workplace violence and resulting injury can happen anywhere in Homestead and across South Florida.

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Preventing Workplace Injuries in Homestead

There are several ways you can prevent injuries and violence in the workplace:

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