7 out of 10 Workers Are Tired – Here’s Why That’s Dangerous

7 out of 10 Workers Are Tired – Here’s Why That’s Dangerous

A recent National Safety Council report found that 70% of employees – many of whom work in safety-critical jobs – are tired at work.  This enhances the risk of injuries and incidents on the job.  The report – Fatigue in Safety-Critical Industries: Impact, Risks, and Recommendations – provides a summary of the results of two national surveys that were done of employers and employees. The report shows findings from...
The Link Between Dangerous Jobs and Opioids

The Link Between Dangerous Jobs and Opioids

A recent Massachusetts labor report revealed an alarming truth: Construction workers are six times more likely than other workers to die from overdose of an opioid prescribed after an on-the-job injury. This finding shows that companies in dangerous injuries such as construction need to do more to ensure worker safety, safety advocates warn. The report was released this month by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and it established...
Outdoor Workers Should Be Extra Careful This Year

Outdoor Workers Should Be Extra Careful This Year

Disease cases due to bites from mosquitos, ticks and flea bites more than tripled from 2004-2016 in the U.S., according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Outdoor workers are at higher risk for serious health problems from these insect bites. The CDC stated that cases of serious domestic diseases, such as dengue fever, Zika, Lyme and plague occurred more than 640,000 times in this time period....
Department of Labor Considers Allowing Younger Workers to Do Hazardous Jobs

Department of Labor Considers Allowing Younger Workers to Do Hazardous Jobs

A top Democratic congressman is asking tough questions about why the Department of Labor is considering an expansion of hazardous jobs that 16- and 17-year-olds can do. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who also is deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, penned a letter to Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta in May about the proposed rule on the Spring 2018 agenda for the agency called ‘Expanding Apprenticeship and...
Remember These Summertime Workplace Dangers

Remember These Summertime Workplace Dangers

We are in the heat of summer in Georgia, with mid-day temperatures sometimes soaring into the 90s and beyond. Even though temperatures are high, some Georgia workers still must work outside for long periods. According to a recent OSHA fact sheet, it is important for Georgia workers to remember the dangers of over-extending themselves in the heat. Also, remember that your employer has an obligation to ensure its workers...
Are Your Robot Co-Workers a Threat to Your Safety?

Are Your Robot Co-Workers a Threat to Your Safety?

Works of fiction often portray robots working alongside humans in a sometimes harmonious and other times not so harmonious way. In the real world, industrial robots have been a major contributor to the American workplace for years. According to the Robotics Industries Association (RIA), more than 250,000 such robots had been installed in the U.S. as of 2017. These sophisticated machines bear little resemblance to what we read about...