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Are you protected from a fatal fall at the construction site?

You work long, hard hours in a dangerous environment. You should be able to expect a level of safety on the job, but that isn’t always the case. While employers are on the hook for preventing falls, being an educated worker can help ensure you don’t pay the price for someone else’s negligence.

Falls have long been the number one cause of death in the construction industry. Negligence or reckless action like this could qualify you for a personal injury lawsuit.

Safety tips to prevent robot-related workplace accidents

The use of robots is becoming more and more common in many industries. While robots add ease and efficiency to many labor-intensive tasks, they also create additional safety hazards in the workplace.

Two robotic tools that have come under scrutiny recently are the laser-guided forklift and the demolition robot. There has been a growing incidence of worker crushing accidents involving these machines.

New efforts to help protect outdoor workers in extreme heat

It has been an intensely hot summer—with temperatures rising above 100 degrees in parts of the country. For workers whose job involves being outdoors, the heat is posing serious safety concerns. For some, this weather has even proved fatal.

So, what is being done to protect workers in such dangerous conditions, and what is an employer’s responsibility in this effort?

Warehouse workers at high risk of injury on the job

In December 2018, dozens of workers in an Amazon warehouse facility in Robbinsville, New Jersey were injured or sickened when an automated machine punctured a can of bear repellant. This week, workers at an Amazon facility in Shakopee, Minnesota went on strike to protest their working conditions.

Although Amazon seems to be making most of the headlines, warehouse workers across the country encounter challenges that put them at risk of a workplace injury.

Work-related heat illness a concern for outdoor workers

As summer temperatures continue across the country, many workers are likely thankful to work in an air-conditioned building. However, for those who work outside, heat-related illness at work is a genuine concern. Heat illnesses come in a wide range of severity and can affect anyone regardless of their age or physical fitness.

Have any of the 10 most common injuries occurred where you work?

A work accident can happen anywhere. However, some types of injuries occur much more frequently than others. Many of these common injuries can be prevented through safety measures, training, and attention to workers’ well-being.

The top 10 causes of serious workplace injury, according to the 2019 Liberty Mutual Index, include:

Lockout/Tagout: Protecting workers who deal with hazardous energy

Any machine that harnesses energy, from hydraulics to electrical equipment, poses a significant risk to workers who perform maintenance on it. Failure to effectively shut down a piece of equipment prior to maintenance can result in severe injuries, or even death. Employers across many industries must follow federal regulations for disabling machinery and equipment to prevent such injuries.

Today, we cover the basics of hazardous energy, the damage it can do, and how workers can protect themselves.

The top 3 causes of injury in crane accidents

Construction workers face a myriad of risks on the job, every single day. Between physical and mental exhaustion and heavy equipment, it is easy to see how accidents happen. Risk of injury is especially high when a project involves cranes. Today, we cover the top three causes of injury in crane accidents.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most crane accidents involve either mobile cranes or overhead cranes. The leading causes of injury relating to cranes include:

These industries put workers at risk for respiratory problems

Millions of workers in numerous industries breathe in harmful substances every day in their job. Without the proper safety measures, exposure to certain materials can lead to serious lung and airway problems. Known as “occupational respiratory conditions” or work-related “airway diseases,” these conditions can severely impact someone’s quality of life or even result in death.

Workers in the following industries are at especially high risk of occupational respiratory conditions:

Can workers’ comp cover a work-related heart attack?

Just another day on the job. Whether it’s lifting heavy boxes in a warehouse or moving building materials on a construction site, workers across the country engage in strenuous activity every day. Until one day, chest pains or shortness of breath leave them down for the count.

According to the National Safety Council, roughly one-third of all workplace injuries stem from overexertion – making it the most common type of injury workers suffer. Lifting heavy objects and engaging in repetitive motions without enough rest often leads to muscle and tendon issues, but many forget about the impact these activities can have on the heart.

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