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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.

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

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