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A killed TDOT worker's daughter urges motorists to slow down

The daughter of a deceased Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) worker has launched an initiative aimed at reminding Tennesseans to move over and slow down when they see people like her dad out working on the state's interstates.

30 TVA Kingston Fossil Fuel Power Plant workers have died so far

An East Tennessee federal judge has given several hundred workers a green light to move ahead with their lawsuit against the owners of Roane County's TVA Kingston Fossil Fuel Power Plant. To date, at least 30 workers have died and 200 are nearing death from illnesses they contracted after cleaning up the site starting in Dec. 2008.

A Grainger County meatpacking plant had 27 safety violations

A U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (USCIE) raid that netted 97 illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America four months ago has now turned into a Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) investigation. The owner of the Grainger County slaughterhouse now stands accused of hiring these undocumented immigrants and requiring them to work in a filthy workplace and under unsafe circumstances.

What can you do when your boss ignores unsafe work conditions?

Once you find a job that enables you to provide for your family, you probably try to avoid anything that might jeopardize your employment. In many cases, this might mean putting up with some things you do not like. Most jobs come with little annoyances that disrupt the day, but these are nothing when compared with situations that put your health or your life at risk.

3 suffer workplace injuries in a construction explosion

The construction injury across the nation is fraught with many dangers. It is one of the most dangerous industries in the country. Some of the common accidents that occur in construction include falling from heights, being struck by objects and construction vehicle incidents. These can lead to workplace injuries that take employees away from their jobs, resulting in missed work and lost wages.

What are the reasons a workers' compensation claim may be denied?

Millions of Americans toil each day in risky environments to make a decent living. Exposure to dangerous or toxic substances, frequent heavy lifting and working at elevated heights are just a few of the risky activities workers in Tennessee engage in daily.

Workers' compensation may be quietly shortchanging your benefits

In truth, shortchanging may be too harsh of a word in this case, but according to a special series aired by NPR, 10 states have made serious changes in the way they handle workplace injuries. A major consequence of these changes is that employees suffering workplace injuries are not getting the worker's compensation benefits that they deserve and expect.

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