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To protect your health, avoid toluene exposure

Toluene is a highly useful chemical found in a number of industrial and consumer products, including paints, metal cleaners, adhesives, nail polish, and printing inks. Toluene vaporizes when exposed to air at room temperature. That can result in serious health problems for workers who inhale even small amounts of toluene on a regular basis. Toluene is also highly volatile and when the atmospheric concentration is high enough, even a distant flame or nearby static charge can spark a flashback explosion.

How to avoid suffering a hand injury

You might be surprised to learn that hand injuries are one of the most common work injuries. They comprise about one-third of all injuries in the workplace and 20 percent of disabling injuries. A hand injury can threaten the livelihood of nearly every worker, because it can make performing even a simple task difficult if not impossible.

Prevention can limit cases of roofers being injured at work

Roof workers in Colorado are at as much risk as other roofers nationwide. Extreme weather like high winds or excessive heat along with fall risks has led to many employees being injured at work -- some fatally. These jobs will always have hazards, and it will be the ability of employers and employees to identify the hazards that may prevent injuries and save lives.

Many fatally injured workers are older than 55

Authorities say there are now more older workers in the U.S. workforce than ever before. It is reported that many baby boomers nationwide, including in Colorado, choose to continue working past the typical retirement age. The government estimates that one in four workers will be older than 55 by 2024. Some find that fact disturbing, considering the higher rate of injured workers among the older employees in many industries.

Death benefits claims are not what an employer wants to see

There is undeniable evidence that trenches pose life-threatening risks to construction workers nationwide, including in Colorado. Nevertheless, death benefits claims continue to be filed by family members whose loved ones died in collapsed trenches. The president of a risks management company in another state says three aspects are common to cave-ins of excavations -- inadequate safety training, cutting corners to speed up projects and failure to establish a safety culture.

Needle and sharps injuries still a problem for nurses

Nurses face the threat of many occupational injuries and illnesses. One of the most common of those threats is that posed by sharp instruments, including needles, scalpels, and other sharp instruments. The danger comes not so much from the actual puncture wound itself but from the possibility of contracting an infection such as HIV or hepatitis. Growing concern over the possibility of infections from bloodborne pathogens in the 1980s and 1990s led Congress to enact the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (NSPA) in 2000.

Ladder accidents can cause permanent disability

Construction worker safety is of utmost importance in Colorado, and ladder safety is one aspect that has recently received a lot of attention. The U.S. Department of Labor says roofers are at a particular risk, and between 75 and 100 of them are killed in workplace accidents every year. Around 75 percent of those deaths resulted from falls, some of which were no higher than four feet. It is not uncommon for a fall survivor to end up with a permanent disability.

Landscape service workers can prevent being injured at work

With summer in full swing, landscaping services in Colorado are also in high demand. However, owners of garden services and tree-trimming businesses must not lose sight of the importance of employee safety. To promote workplace safety, training is vital. Workers who know the potential hazards of their jobs and learn the relevant safety regulations have a lesser chance of being injured at work.

Steps for construction workers to prevent being injured at work

Construction workers in Colorado and other states are likely aware of the fact that this occupation poses more life-threatening risks than most other jobs. For this reason, each worker must take precautionary steps to prevent being injured at work -- particularly when the business owners may disregard employee safety. The first step for self-protection in an environment in which falls, electric shocks and equipment collapses are the primary causes of death among workers, is to know the dangers.

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