Category Archives: Hazard Communication

Safety 2019: Worker Fatigue, Incident Prevention and Well Being

Jun 11, 2019
Have you ever been so exhausted that it hurts? Fatigue, which is a common issue among overworked Americans, is the root cause of an overwhelming number of preventable workplace injuries. Phil La Duke, safety consultant and author, educated Safety 2019 attendees about what they can do to make workers aware about how lifestyle changes can improve sleep patterns and reduce fatigue. “Scientifica

Bad vibrations

Jun 11, 2019
Operating power tools, vehicles and heavy equipment can take both an immediate and eventual toll on the body. For millions of workers in the construction, maintenance, mining, forestry, transportation, agriculture and automotive industries, the effects of sustained on-the-job exposure to vibration – whether hand-arm or whole-body – may lead to various health problems. So what can be done to he

Driving delivery van was a pain in the butt: Did driver get workers’ comp?

May 28, 2019
A UPS driver says the padding on the seat in his delivery vehicle was so thin that he was basically sitting on metal for up to 10 hours a day. Did that cause an injury that was eligible for workers’ comp benefits? Jay Hannah, a delivery driver for UPS in West Virginia, claimed he injured his buttocks and hip while driving his delivery van. Vehicle inspection reports on Dec. 4, 2017 and Dec. 8,

A Clear Vision of Safety Starts at the Top

May 28, 2019
Despite their small size, our eyes are pretty big targets when it comes to workplace injuries. Every day, 2,000 Americans suffer eye injuries on the job, resulting in about 27,000 days away from work. When you factor in medical bills and compensation costs on top of all this downtime, eye injuries end up costing employers $300 million a year. Given these staggering numbers, it’s clear that many

New research: As little as 16 minutes less sleep can harm work concentration

May 14, 2019
Poor sleep may lead to bad decision-making and distracting thoughts at work, according to a recent study by the Work, Family and Health Network. About 40% of U.S. workers report insomnia symptoms, which can impair middle-aged workers’ daily functioning in multiple ways, including less concentration and the potential for more mistakes while on the job. Previous lab-based experimental studies hav

The Not-So-Quiet Dangers of Hearing Loss

May 14, 2019
Some of the most prevalent workplace hazards aren’t seen—they’re heard. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to damaging noise levels at work, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), workplace-related hearing loss is the most commonly reported injury. It’s not surprising, then, that

Injured during driving test: Does he qualify for workers’ comp benefits?

Apr 30, 2019
If someone is injured during a pre-employment test, do they get workers’ comp benefits? The answer to that question came down to the definition of a three-letter word. Cozmin Gadalean applied for a commercial driver position with Imperial Trucking Inc. in Oregon. Gadalean interviewed with the company’s owner who scheduled a mandatory U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) pre-employment driv

Kentucky ATV Fatalities Prompt Hazard Alert

Apr 30, 2019
The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) has issued recommendations regarding all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety after discovered a disturbing trend in fatalities. Between 1982 and 2016, the state recorded a total of 675 ATV-related deaths, or 19 per year on average. This trend led the state to rank 5th in the nation during the time span. Vehicle weight, lack of safety features and

Choosing a Hard Hat? Use Your Head

Apr 16, 2019
You’re an industrial safety professional. You encourage using the right PPE. You know the value of protecting workers from injury — head to toe. Think about this for a minute: the head is about one-seventh of a body’s total height, but it’s the nerve center for everything done on the job site. Your eyes, your ears, your nose . . . almost everything you use for sensory input res

Are You Missing Dangers Right Before Your Eyes?

Apr 16, 2019
One split second is all it takes for a life to be changed forever or taken away by a workplace accident. Each year, close to 9,000 people are killed on the job across the U.S. and Europe; no doubt all these workplaces had safety protocols in place, but clearly more could have been done to prevent this loss. The first step in preventing an accident is identifying its potential to occur—and this