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Occupational Hazard: Beryllium in the Workplace

  • August 21, 2017
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Beryllium is a substance that probably doesn’t appear in your everyday conversation, unless you are studying chemistry or you work in certain industries. But repeated exposure to beryllium can cause a number of health problems and serious diseases. After four decades, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finally issued a safety exposure rule for beryllium
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“He Died Standing”

  • August 1, 2017
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You would not think, in the 21st century, that workers would still die simply because they are doing their job. It’s deeply unfortunate, but the distressing fact is that workers die every day, especially where employers are not practicing legally mandated safety. Fatal injuries on the job rose from 2013, when they were 4,585, to
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Summer Dangers for Construction Site Workers

  • June 12, 2017
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For some of us, summer is a time of trips to the beach and other types of fun. But for those who work in construction, it means long days laboring in the sun, sometimes in extreme heat and under hazardous conditions. Construction jobs are some of the most perilous occupations in which you can engage,
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Stay Safe While Working in the Cold and Snow

  • January 24, 2017
  • Work-Related Injury
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Everyone complains about their job, it seems. But those who work outside in all kinds of weather may have a lot more to complain about, especially in the winter. Did you realize that in the Baltimore area our average low temperature in January is 23.5 degrees F, and in February it’s only 26 F? Our
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When Working Means Dying

  • August 2, 2016
  • Work-Related Injury
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Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones. You work at a job with a low risk of serious injury or death. Perhaps you are not as lucky, and you know exactly what the headline above means. If you work in the industrial, heavy machinery, construction, or roofing industries, there’s a good chance you have
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New Public Database Helpful for Workers

  • June 1, 2016
  • Work-Related Injury
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In an effort to bring greater transparency to the reporting of workplace injury and illness, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a “final rule” on May 11, 2016, that creates a publically-viewable database. This final rule revises OSHA’s regulations known as the Recording and Reporting of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The new database
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Summertime, and the Workin’ Is Hard…

  • May 27, 2016
  • Work-Related Injury
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Please forgive our riff on the classic Gershwin song, “Summertime,” but we have a point to get across to you. Most workers are at greater risk of workplace injury for a variety of reasons. Injury rates spike during the summer, and knowing the reasons why can perhaps help you avoid harm. After crunching data from
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Breathing Easier at Work

  • May 18, 2016
  • Work-Related Injury
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It’s taken a while, but finally the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have now come up with new standards regarding occupational silica dust exposure. The regulations were created in 1971 with no changes since then, so the update was sorely needed. Fortunately, it looks as if the new protections for workers will help prevent
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Give Electricity the Respect It Deserves

  • May 2, 2016
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Those who work with electricity generally develop a healthy respect for its power and dangers; those who don’t often don’t live to tell the tale. But we can all use reminders now and then. National Electrical Safety Month, held in May and sponsored by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), is a good time to
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NAOSH Week: Focusing on Saving Workers’ Lives

  • April 29, 2016
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Every year during the first full week of May, North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH Week) is held. From May 1 through 7 in 2016, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) urges everyone to better educate themselves about the positive benefits safe workplaces provide, not only for the workers themselves, but also
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