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When Workplace Accidents Lead to Amputations: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 3)

Ending our blog series When Workplace Accidents Lead to Amputations: 6 Facts to Know, here, we’ll reveal some more crucial info to be aware of when it comes to these severe types of workplace injuries. Amputations & Work Injuries: Here’s What Else You May Need to Know Fact 5 – There are various things that […]

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When Workplace Accidents Lead to Amputations: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 2)

Resuming When Workplace Accidents Lead to Amputations: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1), here, we’ll continue highlighting some essential facts about these severe types of workplace injuries. More Important Info about Amputations Caused by Workplace Accidents Fact 3 – Certain occupations are associated with greater risks of amputations. In fact, according to officials at the […]

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When Workplace Accidents Lead to Amputations: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1)

Amputations are among the more serious repercussions of workplace accidents and injuries, as amputations leave people with permanent impairments and limitations. In fact, while the physical impacts of amputations can be a lot to adjust to and deal with, so too can be the psychological effects, as workers learn to accept their loss and mentally […]

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The Costs & Impacts of Workplace Injuries, According to OSHA (Pt. 2)

Picking up from where The Costs & Impacts of Workplace Injuries, According to OSHA (Pt. 1) left off, here, we’ll continue highlighting some of the major findings of a recently released OSHA report focused on revealing how workplace injuries contribute to income inequality. While the first part of this blog series uncovered just who ends […]

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The Costs & Impacts of Workplace Injuries, According to OSHA (Pt. 1)

While workers’ compensation systems have been set up in every U.S. state to provide protections to workers who are injured on the job, a recently released reported from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has revealed that workplace injuries can end up having more significant costs and impacts on injured workers and their families […]

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8 Winter and Holiday Safety Tips for the Workplace and Home (Pt. 3)

Wrapping up our blog series 8 Winter and Holiday Safety Tips for the Workplace and Home, below are some final helpful holiday safety tips to keep in mind at home and at work throughout the remainder of the winter season. Additional Holiday Safety Tips for the Rest of the Winter Season Tip 6 – Keep […]

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8 Winter and Holiday Safety Tips for the Workplace and Home (Pt. 2)

Picking up from where we left off in 8 Winter and Holiday Safety Tips for the Workplace and Home (Pt. 1), here, we will continue pointing out some essential holiday safety tips to share with your colleagues and family members. More Holiday Safety Tips Tip 3 – Take care of Christmas trees. The National Fire […]

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8 Winter and Holiday Safety Tips for the Workplace and Home (Pt. 1)

The holidays can be a wonderful time to enjoy your family, friends and colleagues, but they can also be a time when there may be additional hazards in your workplace and/or home. From Christmas trees and Christmas lights to indoor heaters, candles and fireplaces, there can be a number of new items introduced into your […]

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Winter Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 3)

Wrapping up our three-part blog series Winter Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers, here we will present some final important safety information regarding what outdoor workers can do to keep themselves safe and ward off cold-induced illnesses this winter season. While the first two parts of this blog series focused on discussing cold-induced illness and some […]

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Winter Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 2)

Picking up where Winter Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 1) left off, below, we will continue to discuss some important things outdoor workers and employers should be aware of as the winter season fast approaches. While the first part of this blog series focused on pointing out the specific risks and dangers outdoor workers […]

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Winter Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 1)

As the winter holiday season fast approaches, now is a good time for outdoor workers and their employers to review some essential winter safety tips so that these employees have minimal chances of being injured due to working in cold winter conditions. In this three-part blog series, we’ll highlight some essential winter safety tips for […]

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How to Prevent Heat Illnesses: Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 3)

Here is the conclusion to our three-part blog How to Prevent Heat Illnesses: Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers. Tips for Preventing Heat Illnesses Along with staying hydrated, wearing the proper gear and taking plenty of breaks, more ways that outdoor workers can reduce their risk of developing heat illnesses include by: Avoiding things that can […]

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How to Prevent Heat Illnesses: Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 2)

Picking up from where How to Prevent Heat Illnesses: Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 1) left off, below we will continue our discussion of summer safety for outdoor workers. Specifically, while the first part of this blog focused on defining the types of heat illnesses that outdoor workers are susceptible to developing during the […]

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How to Prevent Heat Illnesses: Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 1)

Each year, thousands of outdoor workers sustain serious heat illnesses, and, in the worst cases, these heat illnesses end up being fatal (according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA). While this fact may be disturbing and cause for worry in and of itself, what may be possible as distressing is the fact that […]

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Tree-Trimming Safety Highlighted in Recent OSHA Report

Tree-trimming is a notoriously hazardous occupation, as the risk of falling or having objects fall onto workers and seriously injure them is an inherent danger associated with this type of work. To highlight some of the ways that tree-trimmers can protect themselves and reduce their risks of falling while they work, the Occupational Safety and […]

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Workplace Violence: Facts and Statistics (Pt. 3)

Wrapping up Workplace Violence: Facts and Statistics, here is the conclusion to this three-part blog dedicated to highlighting the prominence and problem of workplace violence in the U.S.  While the first and second parts of this blog were focused on presenting workplace violence statistics and risk factors (respectively), below, we will take a closer look […]

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Back Pain and Office Ergonomics (Part 2)

Concluding our two-part blog Back Pain and Office Ergonomics, here we will take a more in-depth look at some specific office ergonomics that can be instituted to help relieve workers’ back pain and, ideally, reduce their risk of developing potentially crippling repetitive stress injuries (like carpal tunnel syndrome). Check out this table for an easy […]

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Back Pain and Office Ergonomics (Part 1)

While back pain and injuries can develop as a result of some traumatic incident or accident, in many cases, these crippling injuries can slowly arise overtime due to the repetitive stress placed on the back. In fact, in terms of repetitive stress, one of the more significant things that can contribute to back pain is […]

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Do You Primarily Sit at Work? You May Have a Higher Risk of Heart Failure

If you work in an office, the chances are that you send most of your working days sitting. While there may be some ergonomic issues that come into play with sedentary jobs, some researchers have recently reported that these types of jobs may also increase workers’ risk of heart failure. In fact, according to researchers […]

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Dirty Workplaces, Sick Workers and How to Protect Yourself (Part 1)

While the risk of some types of workplace accidents – like overexertion or falls from high levels – substantially drops for employees who work in an office environment, other risks – like being exposed to germs – can be higher for these workers. In fact, exposure to office germs and protection from them should be […]

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Hand Hygiene Tips To Reduce Your Risk of Flu, Sick Days

During the cold and flu season, being diligent about keeping up with hand hygiene can be essential to stopping the spread of these nasty viruses, keeping yourself and your family healthy and reducing the chances that you will miss work due to illness. The following are some key hand hygiene tips to keep in mind […]

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Mining Deaths Increase in 2013, According to MSHA

Mining deaths in 2013 increased by approximately 1.5 percent from those that occurred in 2012 – jumping from 36 mining fatalities in 2012 to 42 mining deaths in 2013, according to preliminary reports issued by officials at the Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Although 2013 had been on target to reporting less mining deaths, […]

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Fall Injury Facts and Statistics for Construction Workers (Part 2)

Picking up from Fall Injury Facts and Statistics for Construction Workers (Part 1), the following presents some additional information regarding the prevalence of fall injuries on construction sites and what industry leaders can do to reduce these injuries, make construction site safer and, ultimately, to save lives. Specifically, while Part 1 of this blog focused […]

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Fall Injury Facts and Statistics for Construction Workers (Part 1)

Fall injuries are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While falls and the resulting injuries they cause are a major concern for many industries, they are perhaps of the gravest concern in the construction injury where, as the Laborers Health and […]

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Wal-Mart to Make Safety Improvements in 2,857 Stores Nationwide

As part of a settlement between Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Labor, the national retailer will be making some significant safety improvements to 2,857 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores throughout the U.S. These improvements, which specifically relate to the use of trash compactors and the handling of chemicals and other hazards, will […]

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How to Conduct Effective Workplace Safety Training (Part 2)

In continuation of How to Conduct Effective Workplace Safety Training (Part 1), the following provides some additional tips on how managers and others can conduct workplace safety training that will be both informative and effective for employees. In addition to tailoring the discussion to the specific audience of the session, using visual aids and asking […]

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How to Conduct Effective Workplace Safety Training (Part 1)

While many employers regularly conduct safety training for their employees – particularly when it comes to introducing new equipment or trying to get better corporate insurance rates, whether or not this training is actually effective can typically only be tested by time to see if employees took in and applied any of the information provided. […]

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How to Prevent On-the-Job Hearing Damage (Part 2)

Picking up from How to Prevent On-the-Job Hearing Damage (Part 1), the following provides some additional tips on how to protect yourself from hearing damage and hearing loss if you work in a particularly loud environment – such as on a construction site or in a manufacturing plant. In addition to wearing noise protection gear […]

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An Overview of Work-Related Hand Injuries (Part 2)

Continuing from An Overview of Work-Related Hand Injuries (Part 1)¸ the following provides some additional information regarding hand injuries that occur in the workplace. While Part 1 of this blog discussed some statistics related to on-the-job hand injuries, as well as some common types of hand injuries that workers can sustain, here in Part 2, […]

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Workplace Fatalities Reportedly Decreased in 2012 (Part 2)

Picking up from Workplace Fatalities Reportedly Decreased in 2012 (Part 1), the following provides some additional statistics from the 2012 National Census of Fatal Workplace Occupational Injuries (conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Workplace violence is still a serious issue and major cause of workplace deaths. In fact, in 2012, about 17 percent of […]

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OSHA’s New Final Rule: Hazard Communications in the Workplace (Part 3)

Continuing from OSHA’s New Final Rule: Hazard Communications in the Workplace (Part 2), this is the final installment of the three-part blog regarding new OSHA regulations associated with chemical hazards in the workplace. While Parts 1 and 2 of this blog focused on the consistent chemical labeling system and the changes to Hazard Communications Standards, […]

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OSHA’s New Final Rule: Hazard Communications in the Workplace (Part 2)

Picking up from OSHA’s New Final Rule: Hazard Communications in the Workplace (Part 1), the following is some additional information regarding new OSHA regulations that have been enacted as a way to minimize the number of workplace injuries (and resulting workers’ compensation claims) associated with handling or coming into contact with chemical hazards. While Part […]

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OSHA’s New Final Rule: Hazard Communications in the Workplace (Part 1)

Recently, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has released its new Final Rule regarding Hazard Communications in the workplace. By attempting to reduce potential miscommunications regarding workplace hazards, these new regulations are intended to: Promote workplace safety Minimize the possibility of workplace injuries due to contact with or exposure to potential chemical hazards Ultimately […]

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Know the Signs of Heat Illness in Hot Summer Months (Part 2)

Continuing from Know the Signs of Heat Illness in Hot Summer Months (Part 1), here is some additional information regarding the symptoms of various heat-related illnesses that outdoor workers should be aware of during the summer months. Knowing these symptoms can help outdoor workers identify the signs of heat-related illnesses early on, get treatment as […]

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Evaluating Workplace Safety to Foster a Culture of Safety at Work

When it comes to maintaining and improving workplace safety, industry leaders stress that it’s crucial for employers to create a team approach in which a company’s directors, middle management and all other employees work together to: Establish indicators of safety (or the lack thereof) Measure how well the company is matching up to safety indicators […]

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Employees’ Sleep Disorders Can Cause Workplace Safety Problems

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has launched the “Healthy Workforce Now” initiative in an effort to bring more attention to the fact that employees’ sleep disorders can create problems when it comes to workplace safety, employees’ health and workplace productivity. As part of this initiative, the ACOEM has released a number […]

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Workplace Injuries Can Be Opportunities for Progress, Prevention Strategizing

Although workplace injuries can put employees out of work for extended periods of time, can increase an employer’s insurance costs and can have a number of other detrimental consequences, they can also provide an opportunity for employers and employees to examine: The causes of such workplace injuries Unsafe behaviors or practices that contributed to these […]

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Final Rules for Workplace Health Programs Issued by Obama Administration

As part of rolling out the Obama administration’s new health care statutes, various federal agencies – including (but not limited to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services – have come together to develop and implement the final rules regarding what is required of workplace health promotion programs. These […]

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National COSH Report Recommends Reforms to Prevent Workplace Deaths (Part 2)

As discussed in National COSH Report Recommends Reforms to Prevent Workplace Deaths (Part 1), the April 2013 report compiled by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) reported some eye-opening statistics regarding the frequency of workplace fatalities in the U.S. In addition to these statistics and discourse on various workplace safety topics, […]

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National COSH Report Recommends Reforms to Prevent Workplace Deaths (Part 1)

A recent report compiled by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) has revealed some shocking statistics regarding workplace fatalities while also providing some critical recommendations as to what legislators and employers can do to help reduce these mostly preventable deaths. In this report, entitled Preventable Deaths: The Tragedy of Workplace Fatalities […]

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May is National Electrical Safety Month

The Energy Education Council (EEC) is sponsoring May as the National Electrical Safety Month as a way to try to educate workers about how to improve their safety awareness and work habits when they work outside close to power lines. The 2013 campaign has been entitled “Teach Learn Care TLC” and is being spearheaded by […]

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Workplace Bullying Can Be a Real Problem for Employees & Employers

While bullying has become a hot-button topic for many schools and children throughout the U.S., it is also gaining an increasing amount of attention in business arenas, as: More than 35 percent of workers in the U.S. have reported being victimized by workplace bullying. Workplace bullying can be a significant cause of stress to employees […]

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Employees’ Stress Has Increased with Recession, Can Affect Productivity

Five years into a recession that seems to have no light at the end of the tunnel, employees have reported that they are facing a significant increase in their workplace stress levels, according to a recent nationwide survey overseen by Right Management. The link between the economic downturn and higher levels of workplace stress is […]

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Common Misconceptions about Workplace Injuries Debunked

When it comes to thinking about workplace injuries and accidents, there are a lot of misconceptions regarding what can be done in terms of preventing them. Here is a closer look at some of the most common misconceptions associated with workplace injuries: It is impossible to have a workplace that is free from hazards: This […]

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Risk of Workplace Accidents & Injuries Increases with Daylight Savings Time

The loss of sleep that typically results from “springing forward” with daylight savings time (DST) increases the risk of workplace accidents and injuries, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology (a publication of the American Psychological Association). Although DST only causes about an hour or so of sleep to be lost […]

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Railroad Employees Rights According to OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been in place since 1970 in order to protect employees, including railroad workers, by setting standards and regulations associated with various elements of workplace safety. OSHA regulations are particular important to certain industries, such as the railroad industry and the construction industry, that are known to have […]

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An Overview of Construction Site Injuries

Although employees are subject to sustaining a workplace injury at nearly any job they have (particularly if the employer is not vigilant about maintaining a safe environment), construction workers are among the most susceptible to being injured at work both due to the nature of their job and the various hazards the regularly interact with. […]

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Common Questions & Answers about Injury and Illness Prevention Programs

More than 3.3 million workplace injuries occur each year in the U.S., and approximately 12 work-related deaths occur daily, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. What is possibly just as shocking as these statistics is the fact that such preventable injuries and deaths cost roughly $1 billion each week. In an effort to […]

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Managing Workplace Safety: Top Trends for 2013

When it comes to managing workplace safety, professionals in this field are tasked with some major responsibilities, some of which include: Communicating up-to-date safety information with other employees Making sure that the business’ safety programs are consistent on all levels Making sure that employees are complying with safety programs Staying up-to-date with the latest changes […]

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