Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers across Kentucky and the rest of the United States. This fact has led a multitude of national safety groups and government agencies to sponsor the National Safety Stand-Down each year. For 2018, the Stand-Down is scheduled for May 7 to 11.
Researchers have just concluded a study that points out striking differences between the injury rates among men and women workers. Though the results will require further research to better understand, employees and employers in Kentucky may want to take the findings into account.
When a warehouse employee in Kentucky or anywhere else suffers an injury at work, the employer often comes under fire. However, there are steps that companies can take to keep workers safe. First, employers should make sure that employees are following protocols at all times. By not taking shortcuts, workers cab significantly reduce their odds of getting hurt on the job.
People in Kentucky who routinely work outside should be sure to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves when the temperatures fall during the winter. Not only should they have the proper personal protective equipment, but they should also be sure to take regular reprieves from the weather. The occurrence of cold stress injuries and the threat of hypothermia, trench foot, frostbite and chilblains can be reduced if one limits exposure to the cold.
Working in distribution centers, warehouses and production facilities may expose Kentucky employees to a variety of different hazards. These dangers exist in many areas of the plants, making it vital for the facilities to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Kentucky workers in the composting industry have safety guidelines and tips available from the Solid Waste Association of North America. Composting is often used for municipal and state food waste and yard waste diversion programs that aim to keep organic discards out of landfills for the benefit of the environment.
Chemical safety is important in many work environments, and Kentucky residents might like to know about a study involving water pipe repair. A procedure often used to repair water pipes might pose hazards for workers, the public and the environment.
A confined space like an office cubicle might not be pleasing to work in, but in the construction industry, confined spaces can be dangerous or even deadly. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued guidance about the safety of confined spaces in that line of work.
Parents of Kentucky teenagers often feel positive about their children entering the work world. Those same entry-level positions that provide spending money and college savings can also result in a higher risk of workplace injury and fatality than adults in the field. There are some common hazards young people face and measures employers can take to reduce the risk.
Every year, thousands of U.S. workers are treated for heat exhaustion and other heat-related conditions. To address this, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have collaborated to create an app that workers and employers in Kentucky and around the country can use to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion.