Injuries and Illness

Modern safety management goes beyond covering traditional workplace accidents to now being equally concerned with illnesses caused on and even off the job. This section will explain what you need to know to avoid both injuries and illnesses, and to track your progress in reaching this goal.

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Your Hearing Loss May Be Work-Related … or Maybe Not

You may fault workplace exposure for your hearing loss. But the problem could be daily sounds you encounter off the job. Learn more about the impact of daily noise exposure on your hearing.

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Focus on Fall Prevention: Watch Those Unguarded Edges and Openings!

In construction, unguarded openings and edges are common. Regardless of whether the hazard exists on the roof of a completed home, at the edge of an open excavation, or along the leading edge of the upper floor of an office building under construction, construction employers have an arsenal of tools available to identify and protect workers from the hazards of unguarded edges and openings. Unguarded edges and openings are less common in general industry—but are just as dangerous and just as deadly.

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Focus on Fall Prevention: Don’t Trip Up on Tripping Hazards

When a worker’s foot contacts an object, or drops unexpectedly to a lower level, the worker may be thrown off balance too far to recover, resulting in a trip, followed by a fall. Although they’re played for comedy on TV and in the movies, these falls can result in disabling injuries and death.

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Focus on Fall Prevention: Don’t Slip Up on Slippery Surfaces

In 2014, falls were the third leading cause of unintentional death in the United States, causing nearly 32,000 deaths, according to the National Safety Council’s 2016 Injury Facts®. In general industry, slips, trips, and falls cause the majority of injuries and 15% of accidental deaths, and in the construction industry they are the leading cause of accidental death.

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Airline Settlement Benefits Newark Baggage Handlers

There’s relief in sight—both physical and legal—for United Airlines’ baggage handlers at New Jersey’s Newark Airport. According to OSHA, United baggage handlers reported at least 622 musculoskeletal injuries from 2011 to early 2015. Learn more about this significant job safety settlement.

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Disturbing Symptoms Discovered in Welders

Welders exposed to low levels of manganese showed signs of neurological problems that have experts concerned. Keep reading for details.

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OSHA Chief: Workplace Deaths Are ‘Rarely Accidental’

Although workplace deaths are often called accidents, they “are rarely ‘accidental,’ as in a matter of chance or bad luck,” according to Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels in a recent opinion piece. Michaels says the issue can usually be traced back to decisions by employers and managers? Agree? Disagree? Keep reading to find out why Michaels turns to a recent motion picture to make his point.

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Washington State Celebrates Success of Light-Duty Incentive Program

An initiative that helps support appropriate work for those who have sustained workplace injuries has reached two important milestones. Keep reading to find out why the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is celebrating.

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Latest BLS Figures Show Workplace Injuries Continue to Decline

If you’ve been working to improve your safety and health management system, pat yourself on the back. Nationally, job injury rates are down. Keep reading for details on the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and find out which industry was the only one to see an increase in injuries.

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More Successful Businesses See Lower Rate of Job Injury

As a safety professional, you’re aware of the high cost of worker injuries. But you may be surprised to learn about the relationship between a company’s financial status and on-the-job injury rates. Read more to learn about this intriguing link.

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