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The risks of heat exposure

According to a new study, North Carolina residents could be at risk for heat stroke even when the heat index is less than 91 degrees. If a person has heart disease, diabetes or uses illicit drugs, they could have a fluid imbalance. Workers could also be more likely to experience heat stroke if they are required to work outside while wearing bulky clothing.

Criminal activities create workplace hazards for some workers

Law enforcement, emergency medical technicians, government employees and healthcare workers in North Carolina have a chance of encountering unpredictable and dangerous conditions while doing their jobs. Often associated with urban environments, homeless camps or methamphetamine labs produce problems like used needles, dumped hazardous chemicals or violent people protecting territory. The founder of an occupational safety company advises employers to identify potential risks to workers and train them how to protect their safety.

Workers face daily risk from falls on the job

Workers in North Carolina may face an array of unexpected dangers on the job. Whether they work in an environment with known risks, like construction, or in a less physical space, like a typical office, employees may face a number of hazards leading to workplace accidents and injuries. For example, falls, slips and trips are the cause of many serious incidents in the workplace. While many people may think of this type of accident as minor, they have taken lives. In fact, in 2014 alone, 660 workers were killed in accidents related to falls from a height while 138 workers lost their lives when they fell at the same level.

The dangers of handling garbage

North Carolina residents and others who choose to work in the sanitation field face a variety of dangers. In the first 10 days of 2018, seven sanitation workers died according to the Solid Waste Association of North America. In addition to the risk of dying on the job, workers in this industry could get hurt handling heavy loads and climbing on and off trucks repeatedly.

Silica reduction still a struggle for some employers

In September 2017, federal safety inspectors began enforcing a new rule that limits the amount of silica dust construction to which workers in North Carolina and across the U.S. can be exposed. However, many construction companies are still not fully compliant with the regulations, according to media reports.

Work safety may improve with startup's new wearable tech

Workers in North Carolina should know that every industry comes with its own hazards. While some people may not have to face the risk of radiation exposure or pinch point injuries, they may still be at risk for trips, slips and falls. The fact that so many hazards are unforeseeable partly explains why workplace accidents are so frequent. Every day around the world, more than 1,000 workers die on the job, and every minute, over 500 are injured.

Improving business safety with five simple tips

In the rush to meet deadlines, many business owners in North Carolina may be neglecting the safety of their employees. When safety guidelines are not enforced, even simple actions can open workers up to serious hazards. This is why employers, site managers, safety coaches and others in authority will want to consider the following five tips on how to improve business safety.

Study shows older workers, Latinos face higher work fatality rate

Over the last few years, workplace deaths have increased across North Carolina and throughout all of the United States. According to a recent study, a large number of those fatalities occur among older workers and Latinos. Casualties are also more common in certain work sectors.

Deadly construction accidents on the rise

In North Carolina, construction workers often head to the job knowing that they face the risk of serious workplace accidents and injuries, even when they follow standard safety protocol. The large, heavy materials and equipment used in constructing buildings and digging trenches can lead to devastating injuries. In addition, statistics indicate that very serious construction accidents, including fatal accidents, are on an upward trend. Between 2011 and 2015, the number of construction workers killed due to workplace accidents rose by 26 percent.

Safety stand-down focuses on fall hazards in construction work

Federal safety regulators and the Center for Construction Research and Training are promoting the fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction scheduled for May 2018. This event calls for construction companies in North Carolina and nationwide to halt work and conduct safety training. Protecting workers from falls will be a top priority of the stand-down because they are a primary source of fatal accidents among construction workers.

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