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Automation and intense competition impact warehouse safety

The retail landscape in New Mexico continues to shift from brick-and-mortar stores to online retail. Shipping orders requires warehouses to store merchandise and process orders. As more commerce relies on warehouses, the injury rate among warehouse workers has become comparable to agricultural work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that warehouse work injures 5.1 people per 100 full-time warehouse workers. Between 2015 and 2017, the fatal accident rate in warehouses doubled from 11 to 22. Safety analysts attribute the worsening situation to humans working alongside robotic equipment and business financial concerns that focus on productivity and sometimes limit time committed to safety training and accident evaluation.

WHO: burnout is a diagnosable "occupational phenomenon"

Many New Mexico workers in a wide range of industries are suffering from burnout, a condition that the World Health Organization has recently called a diagnosable "occupational phenomenon." According to the WHO, it is a syndrome that arises from ill-managed stress on the job and results in an increased mental distance from one's job accompanied by feelings of exhaustion. Workers may also have negative or cynical thoughts about their job.

What type of benefits does workers' compensation offer?

If you are employed in the state of New Mexico, it is important for you to know how this state approaches workers' compensation benefits. Every state has its own program designed to help employees who develop illnesses or experience injuries related to their job environments or the execution of their job responsibilities. If you are one of these people, you may qualify for financial assistance through the workers' compensation program.

Heat exposure addressed in proposed legislation

There are many people in New Mexico who work in jobs that require them to be outside. For example, you might work on a construction site, an oil field, on an airport tarmac or some other location in which you are not protected by an indoor, air-conditioned environment. Especially during the summer, this means you are likely exposed to extreme heat for extended periods of time, putting your health at risk.

What type of benefits are paid by workers' compensation?

If you work in New Mexico, you should make it a priority to learn about your rights as an employee. There are many laws and programs in place designed to ensure that you are treated fairly while at work. In addition, there are programs available to help you should you ever get hurt on the job or develop a work-related illness. For these situations, the workers' compensation program offers a range of benefits.

What are biggest accident risks for oil and gas workers?

If you or someone in your family works in the oil and gas industry in New Mexico or the surrounding area, you know that there are many unique dangers associated with jobs in this industry. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration have put in place a strong set of safety requirements that employers are supposed to follow but unfortunately sometimes they do not. It is important for employees to know their rights in the event they need to seek compensation.

How to report unsafe work conditions

If you work in New Mexico and you notice something that make the work environment hazardous to you and other employees, it is your duty to report the conditions. There are a number of steps you can take, and the first one is to tell your most immediate supervisor. However, if your employer is unreceptive to your complaints there are other ways to approach the situation.

Filing a workers' compensation claim

No matter what type of job you have or what type of industry you work in, it is always possible that you might be involved in some type of on-the-job accident. Many people in New Mexico are injured at work every year in a variety of ways. If this happens to you, it is important that you know the steps to take in order to ensure you receive the compensation and assistance you deserve. 

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