We are now entering the steamy summer months. While many workers are fortunate to work in controlled or comfortable work environments, this is not an option for everyone. According to OSHA, it is dangerous for workers to be exposed to a heat index above 90 degrees and reaches critical levels at 104 degrees. These can be jobs with radiant heat sources like a restaurant kitchen, boiler rooms or laundries or working in the hot sun as a construction worker, landscaper, farm hand or oil and gas worker.
The National Safety Council (NSC) just released its analysis of injuries in the workplace for 2017. The complete findings can be found on its Injury Facts web site, but there was some interesting yet troubling news for the woman worker.
The scope of employment-related activities on the job can be a real grey area for employers and employees. In the past, a worker injured while working at a company would generally fall under the heading of workplace injury. Now, however, employees can work just about anywhere.
Firefighters risk their lives day in and day out to put out dangerous fires and protect those in need. To a firefighter, a potentially deadly blaze is merely another day at work. When people talk about firefighters, many discuss bravery, sacrifice and work ethic. Very few people ever mention workplace injury, mental illness or disability.
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.