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Fall prevention in the workplace

Slips, trips and falls are a major hazard for workers in Kentucky and across the United States. According to the National Safety Council, 798 workers died from falls in 2014. Of those, 660 died after falling from a height, and 138 were killed in falls on the same level. However, there are some simple safety measures workers can take to reduce the risk of on-the-job injuries and fatalities.

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No matter what industry employers in Kentucky work in, they probably see their fair share of safety hazards in the workplace. While some are foreseeable, others are not. In this country alone, workplace accidents continue to cost hundreds of billions of dollars each year in workers compensation claims. Across the world, these accidents take the lives of over 1,000 workers every day and injure more than 500 every minute.

Falls are an all-too-common factor in construction claims

Construction site owners in Kentucky might be wondering what the most common safety hazards are in their industry, and the answer comes down to falls. Nationwide Insurance analyzed more than 10,000 construction-related workers' comp claims that it processed in the past five years, and the company found that 30 percent of them are due to falls from elevated surfaces.

Older and Latino workers at higher risk of job fatality

Kentucky workers who are in certain industries may be aware that their jobs are particularly dangerous. Industries including agriculture, forestry and construction have high rates of injury and death. But some workers may be more at risk of on-the-job death than others. Statistics show that older workers and Latino workers have higher rates of fatal work injuries than other workers.

Proposals aim to improve construction workplace safety

For many construction workers in Kentucky and across the country, going to work can actually be dangerous. From the use of heavy equipment and materials to the particular dangers of unsafe job sites, construction workers can face an array of serious hazards. Because of the nature of construction injuries, accidents can threaten workers' lives and their continued ability to do their jobs.

Doubling of trench deaths prompts OSHA efforts

For many types of construction activities, from pipelines to building construction, workers are required to spend time in trenches. Kentucky workers should know the risks associated with working in a trench, and the federal government is making efforts to increase awareness of the dangers. Too often, safety measures are disregarded in the interest of time, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration hopes increased awareness will bring greater levels of compliance regarding workplace safety protocols related to working in trenches.

Study links noise at work to heart disease

Kentucky residents who work in noisy environments might experience difficulty concentrating and completing tasks. However, a new study has found that a loud workplace could also be harmful to one's health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study shows that working in a noisy environment could be linked to high blood pressure and high cholesterol

OSHA raises fines for violating silica standard

Figures from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reveal that an average of14 construction workers around the country lost their lives in workplaces accidents each day in 2016, and many more became sick after being exposed to toxic substances while on the job. One of the most common hazards faced by Kentucky construction workers is fine dust known as crystalline silica, which has been linked to several deadly conditions including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney failure.

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