Construction is a very dangerous line of work. Construction workers must do manual labor with heavy machinery in less-than-ideal weather conditions. As a result, the construction industry sees an abnormally high rate of workplace injuries.
Over the past 15 years, Louisiana's rate of workplace injuries has consistently decreased. That has changed, however, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Construction work frequently involves the use of scaffolding, lifts, hoists and ladders. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that about two-thirds of construction employees frequently use scaffolding and other types of lifts. Using this equipment can sometimes lead to serious workplace accidents-- and the injuries that result from these accidents can be incredibly serious.
When you are working hard at your job, the last thing that you should have to worry about is becoming injured. Unfortunately, workplace injuries are a reality for thousands of workers across the United States. What’s more, workplace accidents don’t only result in injury—they can sometimes lead to death.
In 1970, President Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act in order to reduce workplace injuries and protect the rights of workers to a safe workplace. The same year, Congress established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration—otherwise known as OSHA. OSHA is an agency within the Department of Labor that implements workplace safety standards across the United States.
Robotics technologies have seen considerable advancements over the past few decades. This has increased the scope of possible workplace applications for such technologies. Industrial robots are showing up more and more in the American workplace. Also, the amount of possible human-robot interactions in the workplace is growing.
Sometimes, things go wrong when cleaning tasks are being performed at a workplace, leading to an accident. For example, mishaps sometimes occur with pressure washers that lead to the user or another worker suffering an injury.
It appears that Americans are no strangers to fatigue. According to National Safety Council estimates, around 43 percent of individuals here in the U.S. have sleep levels that are low enough to negatively impact things like their safety, productivity and cognitive abilities.
Emergency medical service workers help people in times of great need and distress. Unfortunately, in the course of doing this important work, such workers sometimes end up in distressing situations themselves. For one, injuries can sometimes occur during the course of performing EMS work.
There are many steps small businesses can take to promote workplace safety. This includes providing employee safety training, putting policies in place regarding safety issues relevant to their workplace and creating an environment where employees feel comfortable reporting possible safety problems. What safety measures a business takes can be very impactful for it, as how safe its workplace is can have many ramifications for the company’s well-being.