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New Hampshire hospital fights an increase in worker injuries

| Sep 14, 2018 | Workers' Compensation |

From logging to fishing, New Hampshire residents fulfill some of the country’s most dangerous jobs. It is rare that competent workers with dedicated managers are injured on the job, but employers must be ready to help anyone who has suffered due to difficult working conditions.

Another dangerous career can be medical services, where health care workers are often exposed to dangers in the field and in hospitals. One hospital in the Granite State is fighting an upward trend in workers’ compensation claims after at least 10 employees were hurt badly enough to miss a day of work in the first six months of 2018.

An uptick in workers’ compensation claims across New Hampshire started last year, contributing to the health care industry leading all professions in nonfatal work injuries across the United States. The hospital, located in the state capital of Concord, is attempting to make the workplace safer with new strategies to fight employee risks.

New practices include a “safety huddle,” where employees and managers can discuss any new potential threats to workers and patients. A review of internal surveillance, so situations may be spotted before they cause harm, was also a reported part of their investigation.

Workers facing the consequences of a workplace accident may find themselves in an uphill battle to claim workers’ compensation. If this is the case, legal representation may be a good choice to increase the chances of success. A lawyer can help look at the situation with an objective eye and advise on the best legal path forward.


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