Category Archives: Worker Safety

Heat Awareness for Workers

The last Friday in May is National Heat Awareness Day – an event established to encourage employers and workers to recognize the warning signs for heat illness and keep workers safe.

Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat.

Fatigue in the Workplace

Fatigue in the workplace decreases performance and increases the risk of accidents, injuries, and loss of life. Fatigue can be the result of insufficient sleep, prolonged physical or mental activity, and/or disruption of sleep because of irregular shift work.

By taking some easy steps towards managing fatigue in the workplace – employers can save millions and even improve the quality of life for all employees.

Heat and Sun Exposure Safety for Workers

Summer outdoor workers are exposed to dangerous weather hazards – extreme heat and sun exposure. Extreme heat can cause heat stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat rash, and other problems. Sun UV ray exposure can increase a worker’s risk for developing sunburn and types of skin cancer.

Understanding the risks, prevention, and signs and symptoms can help workers stay safe while working in hot outdoor environments.

Fall Prevention Safety

Falls are the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths. Every year, hundreds of construction workers are killed on the job and more than a third die from falls, the number one cause of accidental deaths in the industry.
National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down Week is the time to raise fall hazard awareness and that every injury or death from a fall is preventable with proper training and the use of appropriate fall protection.

Correlation Between Unions and Worker Safety

Unions offer a safety and health advantage in the construction industry. According to a survey commissioned by CPWR, construction firms that employ at least some union workers are more likely to perform safety best practices and undergo OSHA training than those without any union employees.

Workers Memorial Day

On April 28, communities, labor organizations, and workers observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. Take a moment this week to honor their and their families’ sacrifice. Think about safety on the job and work safely and smart.

Common Workplace Safety Hazards

Safety hazards are unsafe working conditions that that can cause injury, illness and death. Safety hazards most commonly include tasks related to working at heights, chemicals, housekeeping, electrical, forklifts, lockout/tagout and confined spaces.