According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the metropolitan Las Vegas area has an available work force of close to a million with over 800 thousand currently employed. With a decreasing unemployment rate the chance that a nonfatal occupational injury will occur increases.
Under the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) guidelines, a nonfatal injury is deemed occupation related if “the injury or illness was sustained by a civilian noninstitutionalized worker while working for pay or other compensation, working on a farm, or volunteering for an organization (e.g., volunteer fire department), without regard to self-employment and full- or part-time work.” Injuries or illnesses previously treated are not included in calculating statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics categorizes nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the workplace by four case characteristics – 1) the part of the body where the injury or illness occurs, 2) the nature of the injury or illness, 3) the source that causes the injury or illness, and 4) the event that causes or exposure that furthers the injury or illness.
In 2010 the state of Nevada reported 4 thousand incidences of nonfatal occupational injuries and illness. Of these incidences, approximately 11 hundred required the worker to miss days at work, while the balance, approximately 900, required the worker to undergo a change in their job description or a transfer to a different job.
The most frequent nonfatal occupational injuries or illnesses are musculoskeletal sprains and strains, with the most of these occurring in the worker’s shoulder and back (the trunk of the body). And though the number of bodily injuries or illnesses in the lower extremities are less, many of these types of injuries or illnesses are carpal tunnel (from making repetitive hand and wrist movements) syndrome related.
Las Vegas workers who incur nonfatal occupational injury or illnesses, which can also include slip and falls (higher in older workers), being struck, and equipment and motor vehicle injuries, may be entitled to financial consideration. While NIOSH “is the federal agency that develops recommendations for workplace health and safety standards” to prevent work-related injury and illness, workers compensation is largely administered on a state-by-state basis, Section 616 of the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) and Nevada Revised Statutes (NRC) set out the regulatory guidelines for workers compensation.
Regardless of fault and whether medical treatment is necessary, Nevada’s workers compensation issues benefits to workers injured on jobs working for employers who have worker’s compensation coverage.
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