When using heavy machinery such as hydraulic presses, it's important to know how to use lockout/tagout systems to stay safe on the job.
For trench workers, few things are as concerning as the possibility of a trench collapse. The weight of dirt and stone is far greater than many people realize -- up to 3,000 pounds per cubic yard, according to Safety and Health Magazine -- but workers are well aware of this danger. They know that a collapse can cause fatal injuries in mere seconds.
Imagine you use a ladder every day at work. You're probably comfortable with the ladder and you run up and down it without a thought for your safety. However, have you ever stopped to think just how extremely dangerous using a ladder is? If you lost your grip and fell from the ladder, or if the ladder lost its stability, you could fall, hit your head on something and die. You might not think this will ever happen to you, but it happens to countless workers throughout the United States every year.
Electrocution hazards commonly present themselves at New York construction sites. Whether it's an electrical cord passing through a mud puddle, or a worker on a ladder close to some power lines, these dangers can be deadly -- and an electrocution injury will strike and kill faster than anyone can react.
New York "hardhats," a.k.a, construction workers, get their name for a reason. It's because, if they're not wearing a hardhat on the job, they're probably violating safety regulations. A hardhat is perhaps one of the most important pieces of equipment that any construction worker can don. It might not save your life in all situations, but it can certainly save your life when a flying object is headed in your direction.
Any construction worker who spends a fair amount of time working on a scaffold needs to make safety their number one priority. This is easy enough to do when first starting out working on a scaffold. However, after a few years of working on one, it's easy to get lazy and complacent. To help keep scaffold safety fresh on your mind, take a minute to review the following scaffold safety tips:
Have you ever considered what the most dangerous object is at your workplace? Maybe you have a sneaking suspicion that, one day, changing the water jug on the water cooler is going to cause you a serious back injury. Maybe you're eyeing the gun on your security guard utility belt suspiciously, wondering if it could ever go off and shoot you in the foot. It's a good idea to be careful with both of these obviously-dangerous items, but sometimes it's the not-so-obvious things that pose the most serious threats to our safety at work.
One might be prone to believe that truck driving is an easy job. All you have to do is sit behind the wheel, enjoy the view and listen to some music while chatting in "trucker speak" to your pals on the CB radio, right? Not so fast. Working as a commercial vehicle driver is -- in reality -- a serious job with a lot of dangers and responsibility associated with it. To help counteract the dangers associated with driving a big rig, here are a few things that truck drivers can do to keep themselves and others injury-free on the road:
If you're using a ladder on a daily basis, there's a good chance you could fall off the ladder and hurt yourself. For this reason, you may want to brush up on the following ladder safety tips from the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA).
Insurers deny workers' compensation claims for numerous reasons. In some situations, the denial of benefits is legitimate and there's nothing a worker can do. In other situations, workers can appeal the denial to get the benefits they have a legal right to receive.