The summer of 2018 has been a scorcher, with North Carolina experiencing temperatures in the high 90s. Working outdoors in such conditions can be very dangerous. In fact, a new study says that workers can suffer fatal heat stroke when the outside temperature is only in the high 80s.
Summers in North Carolina can get hot, which is a particular problem for people who have to work outdoors or in hot indoor environments. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of how heat affects the human body and how employers can protect workers from the negative effects of working in extreme heat.
Electrical workers in North Carolina can face serious and unique safety threats while on the job. While electrical workers are vulnerable to all of the accident and injury risks of other installation workers, especially when dealing with buildings under construction or outdoor installation, securing an electrically safe workplace is a particular concern.
Workers across North Carolina are probably aware of the risks they face on the job site, including slip, trip and fall hazards. Many incidents are unforeseeable, which is why workers' compensation claims are costing employers in the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars each year. However, a new device from an Iowa-based software company could help improve workplace safety as well as streamline workers' compensation procedures.
Many consumers in North Carolina and around the country avoid retail malls and choose to do most of their shopping online, and the resulting rise of e-commerce and companies like Amazon has led to a noticeable surge in warehouse and fulfillment jobs. This has concerned workplace safety advocates because warehouse workers are more likely to be killed or injured while on the job than workers in other sectors, and e-commerce companies have a reputation for placing great pressure on their employees to work quickly.
Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers throughout North Carolina and the rest of the country. In fact, federal figures estimate that falls account for one-third of construction fatalities. Safety advocates say that training and education are key to preventing construction-related falls.
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.