Those who work in North Carolina may be harming their health by working in a noisy environment. According to a study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, there is a link between noise and high cholesterol and blood pressure. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that 41 million workers are exposed to excess noise while on the job.
North Carolina workers in the entertainment industry can face serious threats to their health and well-being due to on-the-job accidents. Falls, electrical problems and other hazards can be dangers for workers on movie sets, in theater spaces and in other entertainment venues. Because of the danger of such accidents and injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is renewing an alliance with two major industry groups in order to reduce the number and prevalence of workplace injuries.
North Carolina workers who are tasked with using a gas detector generally use one with a pump on it. It is thought that the detectors are slower and less reliable without one. While this may be more myth than fact, a pump may make it safer to check the air for toxic or combustible substances. This is because air can be drawn into the detector and analyzed from a safer location.
North Carolina employees who work in construction or other industries that requires them to be around large trucks may be aware of the dangers. For example, workers are often at risk for being struck by heavy vehicles that are backing up. In many cases, these often fatal accidents can happen when the driver of the vehicle is unaware that there is a worker in harm's way.
Throughout the winter months, workers in North Carolina and across the country who do their jobs primarily outdoors may be at risk for several injuries related to low temperatures. Experts suggests tips for employers that can help keep their employees safe.
According to the National Safety Council, a near-miss is an unplanned event that had the potential for causing an injury, illness, or damage, but did not do so. While it always a relief when no harm comes from a near-miss, North Carolina workers and employers are well-served by taking steps to prevent them. In fact, it may be a good idea to have a system in place in which employees can report near-misses. This may help an employer create ways to solve problems before they result in lost money or productive.
Many North Carolina workers have experienced the changes that have taken place in the job market over the past few years. Due to the rise of rideshare apps and other freelance-based businesses, an increasing number of individuals are joining the gig economy. The term "gig economy" is a catchall term used to describe getting paid by the job rather than through an hourly wage or yearly salary.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to focus on fall protection and trench safety. These two categories represent important issues for construction workers in North Carolina and elsewhere because falls and trench collapses cause severe injuries that can often be fatal.
North Carolina employees who believe there are hazards in their workplaces or that practices in their workplaces violate OSHA standards can contact the agency and make a confidential report. For example, warehouse workers should not use forklifts and pallets to be lifted to high shelves. One worker was killed when he slipped from a pallet being used in this way and fell 7 feet to a concrete floor. The man was hospitalized and later died.
Workers in North Carolina who deal with pipe repair may be concerned about potential threats to their health after a study revealed the potential for chemical exposure on the job. One of the most common procedures used to repair plastic water and sewer pipes, cured-in-place pipe repair, can emit plumes of organic compounds and vapors when cured with steam.