Power saws have revolutionized the construction business, but not without risk. Injuries can be minor, such as nicking your finger with a jigsaw, or they can be major, such as amputating that finger with a table saw. Severity varies massively from one case to the next, but almost any injury can be very detrimental to construction workers who make a living working with their hands.
Every year, more than 500,000 people are injured in relation to the use of ladders in the United States. As a result of these injuries, over 300 people die. These are shocking statistics, and they are proof that more needs to be done when it comes to preventing ladder-related injuries in the United States, especially at work.
Researchers with the University of Southern California's (USC) Initiative for Population Heath have determined that both African Americans and Latinos are at a greater risk for suffering a workplace injury more so than other ethnic groups.
While the government has made efforts to reduce workplace injuries, they still occur at an alarming rate. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 2.9 million workplace injuries occurred in the country in 2015 alone. These injuries have a variety of explanations, and one of the most overlooked is explosions.
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) has just published its latest workplace safety and health report, titled "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect." The report is based on information compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (DLS).
Workers who have to drive as part of their jobs run the risk of being injured in car accidents. This goes beyond careers that are focused on driving -- like long-haul trucking -- and includes numerous professions. For instance, construction workers may start the day at the main office and then all drive to the job site, and accidents while they are on the clock may warrant workers' compensation.
This past December, the Department of Labor issued a new rule via the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that extended the period of time for which a company could be fined for improper record-keeping on workplace accidents. Previously, the rule stated that companies could face fines for up to six months. With the new rule in December, the window was extended to five years. The purpose of the rule was to improve workplace safety and motivate companies to keep proper records.