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Don't jeopardize your workers' compensation benefits

Like others here in Anchorage, you go to work every day expecting to go home safe and sound at the end of your shift. Most days that may happen, but then something happens and you suffer injuries while at work. You know that you can receive workers' compensation benefits, but you are not sure what you need to do to get them.

If you fail to follow the proper procedures, you might not get those much needed benefits. Did you know that you have to report the injury to your employer as quickly as possible? This may not be easy if you suffer from a repetitive motion injury such as carpal tunnel, but as soon as a doctor provides you a diagnosis, you need to let your employer know. If you suffer an acute injury, which means that it just happened, you need to medical attention right away.

Study: Silica exposure risks high in chipping and crushing work

Major health risks can come with exposure to certain substances in the workplace. Silica is one such substance. Inhaling particles of it can create risks of developing serious respiratory conditions, such as silicosis.

Silica exposure is a particularly big safety concern in construction. According to OSHA estimates, a vast majority of the workers who face silica risks on the job are in construction.

What should estate planning accomplish?

When it comes to the big picture, the answer is the same for every Anchorage resident. Estate planning should provide for surviving loved ones upon death and provide for the individual upon incapacitation. It is the details that make this process different for everyone.

For this reason, each Anchorage resident would need to take stock of his or her situation and assets. Nothing can be done until an individual determines who will inherit and figures out what assets each person will receive. Moreover, he or she would need to choose trusted individuals to fulfill key roles in the estate plan such as an executor and/or a trustee if a trust is included in the plan.

Alaska: A particularly dangerous place for workers?

It appears that fatality risks may be particularly high in workplaces here in Alaska. Recently released federal data points to the state leading the nation in workplace deaths.

The statistics, from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, regard workplace death rates in the U.S. in 2017. According to this data, that year, Alaska saw 10.2 workplace deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers. This was just a little short of three times the national rate, which was 3.5 per 100,000. It was also the highest rate of any state in 2017.

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