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Importance of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness in the Workplace

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health condition that affects approximately eight million people in the United States, including first-responders, military personnel, health care professionals, and firefighters. When a worker experiences or witnesses a traumatic event, the shock of the trauma can cause debilitating symptoms after the event. If left untreated, the symptoms » Read More


Trench Safety Stand Down Week

In an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of trenching and excavation, and encourage the use of potentially life-saving protective systems, such as sloping, shoring, and shielding, the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) is partnering with the North American Excavation Shoring Association (NAXSA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to urge employers » Read More


What Do I Need to Know About Hearing Loss in the Workplace?

Hearing loss is one of the most common and preventable occupational illnesses in this country and around the world. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 20,000 cases of workplace hearing loss every year in the United States. Many of these cases result in permanent hearing loss. Unsafe work » Read More


What are the Causes of Back Injuries?

Some workers never report their injuries, or they do not take their injuries seriously. Any back injury suffered at work should be reported right away. Most back injuries are caused by basic factors. When starting a job, workers may assume they will start their tasks instantly, but that is not the case. Even office workers » Read More


Can Language Barriers Affect Worker Safety?

Maintaining a safe workplace is always important, but this can be challenging if there is a language barrier between employers and their employees. The number of employees with English as a second language has increased within the past decade, along with the number of workplace injuries. As a result of this trend, the United States » Read More


Meatpacking Plants to Remain Open During the Pandemic

The meatpacking industry is classified as critical infrastructure in the United States. According to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, 5,300 of its members have been impacted by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). A recent announcement declared that meatpacking plants are to remain open during the COVID-19 crisis. The Centers of Disease Control and » Read More


Hazards Faced by Animal Clinic Workers

According to a study by CareerCast.com, animal clinic workers may have one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America. Veterinarians and animal technicians are often using hazardous chemicals and equipment while working around animals that are frightened and in pain. Some of these risks can be reduced by implementing safety procedures and training. » Read More


Coronavirus Safety Recommendations for Waste and Recycling Workers

To be socially responsible and prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has postponed its SWANApalooza conference that was scheduled to take place at the end of March. According to Johns Hopkins University, over 120,000 people worldwide have been infected with the Coronavirus, and there have been more than » Read More


How Can I Stay Safe When Working Alone?

Workplace violence affects thousands of employees every year. In 2017, approximately 18,400 workers were injured and over 450 were killed after being physically assaulted at work. Certain industries are more prone to workplace violence, including health care, service providers, and taxi drivers, but it can happen anywhere. Retail employees who work alone are also at » Read More


How Can Falls at Construction Sites Be Prevented?

Construction workers face hazards every day. More than 1,000 construction workers die of accidents at work each year, and nearly 40 percent of those fatalities are due to falls. Many of these accidents could have been prevented. Falls are common in the construction industry simply because there are many places from which a worker can » Read More