The Future of 3D Printing and Its Impact on Workers’ Safety

The Future of 3D Printing and Its Impact on Workers’ Safety

Imagine an entire community – an infrastructure of homes, buildings, and even roads – constructed in a matter of hours by one single machine. This may sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but it’s actually one of many very real applications currently in development that utilizes 3D printing technology. Of course by now you’ve heard of 3D printing, but what is it exactly? In the most basic sense, 3D printing is the process of taking a computer-aided design of a three-dimensional item, pressing “print”, and having the real thing created right before your eyes. For the past decade, 3D printing has been an exciting medium for artists and makers, plus the occasional manufacturing application of prototypes or model parts. But as 3D printing technology becomes faster, higher quality, and more competitively priced, it has become a staple not only of product development and testing, but of first-run manufacturing and even construction.

That’s right: construction. Jumbo-sized 3D printers, filled with materials like self-setting cement or synthetic stone, are being introduced into the construction industry to create scaffolding, walls, and even entire homes. 3D printed structures are still largely in the testing phase, but there are solutions already underway for low-income and emergency housing, and commercial applications are not far behind. Manufacturers and construction companies alike won’t have to look hard to see the advantages of 3D printing. After all, companies who are currently using them say the process already minimizes construction waste and lowers production time. But could 3D printing also be making the future of the industry a safer place? Or perhaps more dangerous? 
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Transgender Rights in the (California) Workplace

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There’s been a lot of discussion recently, probably more than at any time in history — about people who identify themselves as transgender. Transgendered people have been part of society for decades, but only within the past few years have many of them felt safe in identifying themselves as transgendered.

While there’s has been a great deal of positivity toward the transgendered community, some people are still uncomfortable with, or confused by, the idea. If you are unsure how you should treat a transgendered person, it’s very simple — with respect, just like everybody else. 
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Opioid Addiction and Workers Comp

Opioid Addiction and Workers Comp

Prescription painkiller addiction is a terrible epidemic, and often people start using them not to get high, but because they need them. Maybe a doctor is a little too generous with the painkillers, the patient follows orders, and next thing you know, he’s addicted. It happens surprisingly easily.

This is something that employers with employees injured on the job have to pay particular attention to. People prescribed high levels of opioids tend to take longer to return to work than those prescribed lower doses. The longer a patient takes the drug, the higher his tolerance becomes and the more he needs for pain management. 
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What is Workers’ Compensation Fraud?

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What is Workers’ Compensation Fraud?

Part One of Two on Fighting Fraud with Insured Solutions 
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