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Safety initiative aims to improve workplace safety

South Carolina employees may be more at risk for injuries and illnesses if they work in a stressful environment. Research has shown that long working hours and lack of support from supervisors can lead to depression and cardiovascular disease. These negative health affects can cause a worker to gain weight and experience sleep problems, leading to an even higher risk of injuries and illnesses.

The Total Worker Health initiative, implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, was set up to address the problems in workplace programs and policies that can contribute to injuries and illnesses. Some of the goals of the initiative are to promote employee well-being and injury and illness prevention measures.

The Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is one of the organizations funded by NIOSH to further the goals of the Total Worker Health initiative. NIOSH funded the center with a $6.5 million five-year grant in September. The center conducts research and implements safety programs at companies. One of the safety programs that the center helped to implement was a patient-handling program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Hospital staff experienced a decline in work-related injuries after they were taught to use slings to move patients.

A person who is working in a stressful work environment may sustain injuries for many different reasons. Whatever the cause, most injured workers are eligible to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. Having the assistance of counsel may help to ensure that the claim is timely filed and contains the required information.

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