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Sustainable organizations do poor job collecting injury data

Sustainable organizations in New York and nationwide are doing an inadequate job of reporting work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses, according to a study. Data from organizations on the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list was reviewed by researchers at Center for Safety and Health Sustainability.

Construction industry working to update safety helmets

New York residents who work in the construction industry may be interested in learning that, according to government researchers, more than 2,200 fatal traumatic brain injuries occurred in construction workers from 2003 to 2010. To reduce the risk of fatal traumatic brain injuries from happening, some construction firms are working to develop safety helmets that protect workers better than the traditional hard hats they usually wear.

Teenage workers and workplace injuries

Many teenagers in New York and the rest of the nation will be seeking summertime jobs. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that in 2015, 13 percent of the labor force, or 19.1 million workers, were under the age of 24. While working during the summer may seem like a good idea, both teenagers and their parents should know that teenagers may sustain workplace injuries.

Safe lifting practices for New York workers

Employees can sustain serious injuries while incorrectly lifting and carrying objects at the workplace. In fact, about a quarter of all work-related injuries involves the improper manual handling of items, according to the National Safety Council. Thus, it is crucial that employees receive safety training so they can learn how to safely lift and carry heavy objects.

Keeping workers safe in a chemical plant

New York workers who are exposed to toxic chemicals may suffer serious injuries or even die. However, there are steps that chemical plant managers can take to reduce the risk that a worker is injured. To prevent chemical burns, chemical inhalation or general chemical exposure, it is important to have a safety plan. One of the most common causes of accidents is human complacency.

Workplace safety and increased construction work demand

According to a report from the Associated General Contractors of America, employment in construction is higher than it has been since 2008, and almost three out of every four construction firms state that they plan to increase their workforce in 2017. Construction workers in New York and the rest of the country should be aware that as demand for construction work increases, so do the risks that the job presents.

OHSA's safety campaign aims to protect workers

Workers in New York and throughout the country may see safer workplaces since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched the "Safe and Sound Campaign." It is aimed at getting employers to look at their safety and health programs and how they can reduce workplace injuries and deaths. Workplace accidents can be costly as each week workers' compensation costs companies about $1 billion.

Improvements made to respiratory protection devices

New York employees may be interested to learn that approximately 5 million U.S. workers are required to wear respirators to protect themselves against respiratory problems in the workplace. Respirators can be crucial in low-oxygen environments or areas where there are dangerous mists, gases and vapors in the air.

Potential workers' compensation issues

Workers' compensation provides injured workers with the resources they may need in the event that they are injured on the job. Employees in New York and the rest of the nation may benefit from knowing about workers' compensation issues that may arise due to the recent presidential election and upcoming gubernatorial elections.

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