Category Archives: worker safety

Heat Illness and Death Among Workers – Get the Facts

Exposure to heat and hot environments puts workers at risk for heat stress, which can result in heat illnesses and death. Under paragraph 5(a)(1) in the “general duty clause” of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, each employer is required to “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment […]

Preventing Heat-Related Illness in Outdoor Workers

A recent NIOSH report offers advice to employers on the importance of preventing heat-related illness in workers. The report is based on an evaluation of heat stress at a national park in California, but the agency said its recommendations  can be applied to other worksites where extreme heat may be a factor. NIOSH found that […]

OSHA Held Meeting on Occupational Safety and Health for Temp Workers

OSHA scheduled a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health’s Temporary Workers Workgroup. The workgroup met to continue its discussion of issues regarding protecting temporary workers and develop recommendations for NACOSH’s consideration. The issues include gaps in the workplace protection for temporary workers, differences between temporary workers and contract workers and […]

Recent Fatalities Serve as a Reminder to Protect Workers from Demolition Hazards

On June 20, 2014, a construction worker was taking down an old Blockbuster Video building in New Jersey when he got suddenly trapped ad killed when the last standing wall of the building under demolition collapsed on him. Six months prior, a 25-year-old construction worker in Chicago was struck and killed by pieces of falling […]

Women and Personal Protective Equipment: Finding the Right Fit

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is one the most important factors in preventing injuries in workers. However, in certain industries such as constriction, women are less fortunate than men when it comes to finding gear that fits properly. “I am a woman under 5 feet [tall] and I can tell you, there isn’t much PPE that […]

Fire Safety in the Workplace

It’s important to be prepared in case of a fire emergency at work. The key to fire safety is practicing specific safety and prevention behaviors. Here are some simple fire safety tips for the workplace: Be Prepared •    Never lock or block fire exits, halls or stairways. Fire doors provide a way out in case […]

A Worker Explains How New York’s Scaffold Law Protected Him From a Devastating Injury on the Job

Lawmakers in Albany declined to water down the Scaffold Safety Law, as a construction accident survivor says “thank goodness.” A New York ironworker, in the field for 25 years, suffered a fall from 15-feet, which ultimately ended his career and nearly took his life. The man had enough training and experience to be called from […]

Ensure Employee Safety for Student Employees

During the summer months, it’s common for students to seek out internships and other jobs to gain experience or earn a little extra money. However, during these months, workplace safety training for student employees is often overlooked. “Many small businesses don’t recognize the risks associated with student workers and don’t provide any type of workplace […]

Health & Safety Hazards in the Construction Industry

Construction work is considered to have the largest number of fatalities reported for any industry sector. In fact, construction site work injuries involving contractors accounted for 12% of all fatal work injuries in 2011. About 13 workers die every day. Physical Hazards Physical hazards are present in every construction project. The leading causes of physical […]

Protect Yourself from Burns in the Workplace

Some jobs require workers to work in extremely dangerous conditions that put them at high risk of serious burns. Whether you work with chemicals or food, it’s important to follow safety precautions in order to ensure you don’t suffer from a serious burn at work: 1.    Where the proper safety gear: this may be gloves, […]