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.
North Carolina composting operations employees may be aware that the Solid Waste Association of North America has released safety tips to help prevent injuries. According to the organization, composting operations often involve a number of hazards due to the use of heavy machinery, physical labor and a dynamic work environment.
Construction sites are typically not a safe place to be for people without proper training and protection: structures can be unstable, people can fall, and things can fall on people. It can be a very dangerous environment.
Late last week, a North Carolina construction worker died on-the-job after falling from a 30-foot ladder. The same thing will happen next month and, statistically, the month after that. And the month after that.
More than 20 percent of all workplace deaths that occur in the private sector are linked to the construction industry. Indeed, nearly 1,000 construction workers die on the job each year. In addition, there are tens of thousands of annual injuries, many of them permanently disabling.