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Assaults among most common causes of workplace injuries for women

When work safety professionals discuss the types of injuries and events that result in injuries, they are often focused on the industries in which the injuries are most likely to occur. Sometimes they dive deeper into the numbers and examine the frequency with which certain types of injuries occur to men and women.

The National Safety Council recently a report that states that women suffer 70 percent of all nonfatal injuries caused by assaults. The study is of assault-related injuries requiring days away from work.

The ups and downs of workplace injury prevention with SSDs

You can see them in Jonesboro offices, as well as in offices in Atlanta, the state of Georgia and across the U.S.: SSDs. OK, what’s an SSD? Sit-stand desks. Workers sit for awhile and then stand. Or they stand for awhile and then sit. The idea is that because “sitting is the new smoking,” the desks help employees be less sedentary and more mobile even as they are required by their duties to be at their desks.

Those who tout SSDs say the up-down desks help workers stay fit and reduce the risks of workplace injuries and illnesses exacerbated by a lack of fitness and mobility. A recent survey of research on SSDs sought to find out if the studies support those claims.

For First Responders, Work Injuries May Go Beyond The Physical

Every workday, first responders put themselves at risk of harm in order to help others. While physical harm is common among these workers, there is also a very real threat of psychological harm from experiencing traumatic events. Unfortunately, the severity of psychological injuries is often minimized and workers who suffer these types of injuries may face challenges getting necessary treatment and benefits.

Fatigue can play an important role in workplace injuries

It happens to us every day, but many of us are accustomed to ignoring the signs – and sometimes paying a painful price for doing so. Though all of us get sleepy every day, not all of us are able to get fully rested or get a good night’s sleep.

According to a recent article in the National Law Review, approximately 13 percent of workplace injuries are related to sleep-related problems. It makes sense, of course. We all know that humans simply do not function at their best when they’re sleepy or fatigued.

When electrical hazards arise at construction sites

It is critical for construction companies to take proper measures to protect their workers from safety hazards. This includes electrical dangers.

Electric shocks can seriously injure workers. There are various things at construction sites that have the potential to pose risks of such shocks. This includes:

Driving in unusual weather is a hazard: Stay safe

Motor vehicle accidents are common when weather conditions are unusual for the state. Georgia doesn't often get heavy snow, but hurricanes, tornadoes and other environmental events can impact traffic and the way people drive.

As someone who has to drive through a change in weather conditions, it's important for you to know how to get where you want to go safely.

Tesla prevents pile-up crash in Georgia

No matter who you are, it's never a good idea to drive without obeying the traffic laws. Whether it's texting behind the wheel, speeding or drinking and driving, those actions could set you up for a fall.

Even those who are paying attention might end up in a collision. There are so many variables to consider that it's hard to imagine a time when car crashes would no longer be a daily reality.

What can you do to stay safer at a construction site?

There are always a lot of safety hazards at a construction site. Some of them could be the risk of falls from scaffolding, the risk of getting hit by transportation vehicles or getting hit by objects flying from aside or above.

In construction zones, there are important steps to take to prevent yourself from falling victim to hazards. Everyone, including your teammates and employer, should follow these steps to make sure everyone stays safe while on the job.

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