Workplace Safety Archives

Why is an Emergency Exit Route Plan Important to Have in the Workplace?

No workplace is completely safe from disaster, emergencies can happen at any time. Whether it is a fire, workplace violence, natural disaster, or any other unexpected emergency, there must be a plan in place, and workers must know the emergency route and how to get out safety. An exit route is defined as a continuous… Read More


Is Fatigue a Safety Hazard at Work?

Everyone has been tired at work at some point. Fatigue occurs whenever a person is sleep deprived and needs rest. The National Safety Council (NSC), a non-profit safety advocacy organization focused on eliminating leading causes of preventable death, has found that over 43 percent of workers are sleep deprived. Symptoms of fatigue can include feeling… Read More


What is Amazon’s New Plan to Cut Worker Injuries?

Amazon has received a lot of press regarding allegedly unfair, unsafe working conditions and practices, mainly at their fulfillment centers. Workers’ Compensation statistics from the online retailer may back up employees’ concerns. Amazon’s injury rate in 2019 was 5.6 per 100 workers. This is disconcerting, particularly since Amazon continues to increase its workforce due to… Read More


What Industries Have the Highest Rates of Workplace Injuries?

Each year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) collects mandated reports of workplace injuries and illnesses. They analyze the results that can be used to evaluate programmatic efficiency in reducing workplace illnesses and injuries.  The statistics include an incidence rate, which is the number of injuries per 100 employees. These rates are reported by… Read More


Is Screen Use Increasing Workplace Eye Injuries?

Work-related eye injuries are traditionally found in outdoor settings, such as lumber yards or on construction sites. However, office work has been found to be a significant source of workplace eye injuries. Paperless processing has streamlined some office tasks, reducing the need to print, copy, fax, and file paper documents. Many office workers no longer… Read More


Can Addressing Mental Health Issues Increase Workplace Safety?

Most people spend a significant amount of time at work, and daily events outside of work can have an impact on someone’s job performance and mental health. The National Safety Council dedicated a portion of its annual networking and trade show to address the problem of how employers should be doing more to handle mental… Read More


How to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Claims

Work-related injuries have a big impact on an employer. Obviously, insurance premiums cover Workers’ Compensation costs, but indirect costs are also a significant impact. Work injuries can result in missed days at work, impacting employers. As a result, employers experience lost productivity, low morale, and pressure to train a replacement. By maintaining a safe work… Read More


Working in Cold Conditions

Working in cold conditions can be challenging. Employees who work outside in cold temperatures should be aware of safety precautions be provided with proper gear by their employers. Employers should also provide a warm, dry place for employees to avoid cold stress injuries, which is stress on the body due to working in cold temperatures… Read More


Installation Safety for Workers

Working at heights is a skilled profession but requires stringent safety practices to ensure that workers are protected from injury. In a recent case, the California state occupational safety and health agency fined a solar installation company over $190,000 for major safety and health violations after a worker was seriously injured in a fall. The… Read More


Firefighter Safety Stand Down Week

Firefighters regularly put themselves at risk of injury during the line of duty simply because of the nature of their roles. One rarely talked about topic is the higher-than-average possibility of firefighters being diagnosed with work-related cancers. How extensive is this concern? Between 2010 and 2015, almost 30,000 firefighters studied by the National Institute for… Read More


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