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Health Risks of Hazardous Substances at Construction Sites

Construction workers face a wide range of hazards when they go to work, from being hit with falling debris to slipping on wet surfaces to falling from scaffolding. Many construction sites also contain hazardous substances like dust, toxic fumes, chemical solvents, and other potentially dangerous chemicals that can cause serious health issues. According to the » Read More

Getting a Second Opinion for a Workplace Injury  

If you have been injured at work, it is critical that you seek medical attention from a skilled healthcare provider. However, you may have questions about the healthcare provider you are allowed to seek treatment from, and whether it will have a negative impact on your Workers’ Compensation claim. If you are unsatisfied with the » Read More

Chemical Safety Board Urges OSHA to Update Its Standards for Hazardous Combustible Dust

According to the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), combustible dust is a serious industrial hazard, one that will continue to cause devastating injuries and fatalities if steps are not taken to address this critical issue. CSB officials have made a number of recommendations to improve safety gaps in federal and state regulations, industry codes and standards, » Read More

Eye-Opening Risks of Occupational Fatigue  

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine describes fatigue as the body’s response to lack of sleep or prolonged physical or mental hard work. Occupational fatigue is caused by a range of risk factors, including long work hours, lack of sleep, a heavy workload, medical conditions, and other environmental factors. While fatigue can affect » Read More

How Workers Can Beat the Heat

The temperatures are steadily climbing and warmer weather also means that men and women who work outside in extreme heat and humidity are at risk for certain heat-related illnesses. In addition to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, workers can suffer fatal injuries from extreme weather conditions if they do not receive immediate medical attention. » Read More

Can I See My Own Doctor?

In addition to the physical pain that a workplace injury can cause, it can also cause a great deal of stress and emotional pain if the injury affects the worker’s ability to return to work and collect a paycheck. Fortunately, Workers’ Compensation benefits are available to employees who have been injured on the job. These » Read More

Dangers of Lockout/Tagout Errors

Employees who operate, maintain, or service heavy machinery are exposed to a range of potentially serious hazards if the right safety precautions are not followed at all times. This includes proper lockout/tagout procedures, which are critical to keeping workers safe while they are in the vicinity of the equipment they are using, in especial during » Read More

Falls Top Causes of Workplace Fatalities

There are a wide range of injuries that can occur in the workplace, from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones and traumatic brain injuries. When it comes to fatal injuries in the workplace, falls rank second on the list. While injuries can happen anywhere, whether you work in the construction industry or in an » Read More

Proper Lifting Techniques

Back injuries are one of the most common types of workplace injuries. From minor strains to more serious muscle tears or disc problems, back injuries can cause employees to miss days, weeks, even months or more of work. In addition, if not properly treated, these injuries can cause chronic pain and discomfort, which can have » Read More

Asthma in Healthcare Workers

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Respiratory Health Division recently conducted a study which found that close to two million healthcare and social assistance workers suffer from asthma. Compared to other industry employees who also reported a high incidence of asthma, including transportation, warehousing, and retail, healthcare workers had the highest percentage » Read More