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Typical workplace accidents to avoid

Workers in Kentucky may face a variety of hazards while on the job. Some of the most common hazards are slipping, tripping and falling. Slips generally occur because of rugs or mats that are torn or bunched up. They can also occur if a floor or other surface becomes oily or wet because of a spill or some type of weather event. Carpets can also be a tripping hazard for employees. Furthermore, poor lighting or objects left uncovered on a floor may result in a person tripping and getting hurt.

OSHA helps employers create safer workplaces

As the economy evolves, the type of work that Kentucky residents and others will perform will evolve as well. It will also change how employees do their jobs and with whom they work. It is not uncommon for employees to work from home or with individuals who speak other languages. OSHA encourages employers to continually track potential hazards that workers may face and take steps to mitigate them in a timely manner.

The most dangerous jobs in America, ranked

In December of 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. These stats brought attention to those industries in America that saw the highest work fatality rates. Employers and employees in Kentucky will want to know about the top 10 most dangerous jobs because some of them may be a surprise.

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.

Startup's wearable tech is ideal for safety-minded employers

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.

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