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At this time of year, many people take on extra work to make money for the holiday season. Many stores also need seasonal helpers. Manufacturers need more factory workers to create more products and retailers need more employees to serve the holiday rush.

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Some workplaces are more dangerous than others. Manufacturing, trucking, construction work, and other sectors all have high levels of injury. Perhaps surprisingly, healthcare and education have some of the highest levels of injury in the private sector. However, every workplace, even the quietest office, can result in a job injury or illness.

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Amazon is the largest e-retailer in the country, and many workers choose to work for the company. Amazon offers many types of jobs, including workplace and leadership positions. They also outsource delivery to partners.

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A number of investigative reports have looked into worker safety at Amazon warehouses in particular and have raised concerns about the rate of injuries to employees. Injuries at warehouses may be caused by:

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If you are injured in a workplace injury in Aventura in a traditional job where you get a W-2 slip at the end of the year, you are generally covered. Employers, even small businesses, are required to carry and pay for workers’ compensation insurance for all eligible full-time and part-time workers. If a worker is injured, this insurance pays for needed medical care and replaces some lost income.

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However, a growing number of people are going to work for themselves. About 15 million Americans, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, are self-employed and while being your own boss has many benefits, it can complicate matters if you are injured at work.

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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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