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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.

How the 'gig economy' could be putting workers in danger

The so-called gig economy is a burgeoning part of the labor market. It consists of independent workers and freelancers who work temporary jobs as their own employers. And in fact, there are an estimated 75 million people workers making up this sector. 

Unfortunately, safety does not necessarily come in numbers. According to this CBS News report, gig workers -- especially those in specific trades -- are at a higher risk of workplace injury and illness than other workers.

Women: Know your options after a workplace assault

When people talk about workplace hazards that lead to serious injuries or illnesses, they often think of elements like heavy machinery or falling objects. However, many workplace incidents are not the result of an inanimate object. They are the result of other people.

For instance, did you know that assault is one of the common causes of non-fatal workplace injuries among women?

Temporary construction equipment can cause permanent injuries

Working on a construction site exposes people to a host of potential threats to their safety. And while there are numerous safety measures people can take to prevent injuries in work zones, accidents can and do happen.

In some cases, the accidents stem from temporary equipment that is necessary to a job. However, while the equipment may be temporary, it can leave construction workers with permanent, catastrophic injuries

Could banning paper receipts improve worker safety?

When people think about toxic chemicals and exposure risks on the job, they often think of industrial or constructions jobs where people come into contact with known hazardous materials like asbestos.

However, working in retail as a cashier could also pose a threat to worker safety. This is because handling paper receipts can increase a person's exposure to chemicals that may cause serious illnesses, including cancer. As such, there is now greater push than ever to ban paper receipts.

4 common workplace accidents every worker should watch out for

Suffering an injury at work may not be something you worry about on a regular basis. You might instead be focused on meeting deadlines, performing your job properly and doing what you need to do get home at the end of the day.

However, every job comes with risks to workers' safety. And these risks have the potential to cause severe injuries and illnesses that threaten a person's health and livelihood. While you may not stop and think about these hazards every day, it can be wise to at least know what the most common workplace accidents are so you can hopefully avoid one.

Avoiding accidents this winter if you work in snow removal

New Jersey residents are no strangers to the cold and snow that comes with winter. However, that familiarity doesn't necessarily make it easy to get around and complete certain tasks this time of year.

These conditions can cause serious accidents, especially if you work in or depend on snow removal.

Truckers continue to face high risk of workplace accidents

Jobs in the transportation industry are not easy. There are strict schedules, demanding routes and a physical toll that the occupation takes on workers. Truck drivers are especially familiar with these challenges. And unfortunately, these are not the worst risks truckers face. According to statistics, last year, truck drivers accounted for nearly 80 percent of fatalities among motor vehicle operators killed while working.

Sadly, there is no quick fix for this serious problem, as several factors put truckers at an increased risk of occupational accidents and injuries. 

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