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The real risk of workplace explosions

You may feel safe at work, but the reality is that many people unexpectedly work around combustible materials every day. They do not always realize the dangers that they face. The truth is that workplace explosions can and do happen, and you need to be prepared.

Some of the common reasons for these explosions include:

  • Working with open flames or heat sources, often known as "hot work."
  • Working around combustible dust, such as wood shavings.
  • Working around flammable gasses and liquids, such as liquid fuel or propane.
  • Working near unsafe wiring and other electrical hazards.
  • Working with faulty machinery and heavy equipment.

Don't use a ladder if you answer "yes" to these questions

In the construction industry and many related fields, ladder falls are one of the biggest risks that workers face. Even a worker who is just a few steps up a ladder could fall and suffer serious injuries. Any fall from a height, even when it's under eight feet, is dangerous. Don't underestimate this risk.

Of course, there are things you can do to use a ladder safely. Check to make sure it's the right size for the job. Anchor it on one or both ends, and/or have someone hold it while you climb. Never stand on the top of the ladder. Be sure that the place where you set it up is flat and stable.

Nurses and hospital staff face serious injuries on the job

It's unbelievable to many that nurses would struggle with injuries. Why? They're in a medical setting, so it would only make sense that they'd receive the best care at all times.

Unfortunately, that notion is misguided. Nursing injuries are extremely common and can end a nurse's career in the worst cases. Staffing injuries happen for many reasons, from dealing with patients who are aggressive to having to lift heavy individuals.

The real reasons logging is so dangerous

While many people point to deep sea fishing as the world's deadliest profession or talk about the high fatality totals in the construction industry -- and those things do deserve attention -- the reality is that nothing takes more lives per capita than logging. The key is to look at it per 100,000 workers. It's a smaller industry than construction, for instance, but the fatality rate is higher.

Why is logging so dangerous? People often think of it nostalgically, as a time when people could explore the wilderness and do rewarding physical labor, but it's really just a tough, physically demanding job. It relies more and more on machines, which adds a whole second level of danger and injury potential.

Young workers, falls and spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries change lives. People may never fully recover. It's more than just long-term back pain. They may lose motor function entirely. They could face short-term or long-term paralysis. Even with prompt medical treatment, severe injuries may never heal.

Preventing all on-the-job injuries is impossible, but it can help to understand who faces the greatest risks and how these accidents happen. Let's break it down a bit below:

Safety tips for all construction workers

Working on a construction site in Denver can be very dangerous. You constantly have to stay alert for falling objects, live electrical wires, moving vehicles and various other hazards. In fact, safety should be a priority for all construction workers. For instance, when working at heights, you should always use protection gear that will help prevent a fall.

Staying safe on the job can help you avoid an accident that can keep you from returning to work for a few days or a few months. Here are a few construction safety tips to help you stay injury-free on the job.

Are those deadly jobs really worth it?

When you think of the most dangerous jobs in the United States, do you assume that the people doing them must be making a great living?

After all, how much would it take for you to put your life on the line? How much would you need to get paid every other Friday to risk a life-altering brain injury? Surely, knowing the risks, you would want more money than someone in an office.

Is it dangerous to work on an airplane?

Many people fear flying. When a passenger plane goes down, it's all over the news. In many cases, dozens or even hundreds of people die in the crash. This makes it seem very dangerous.

So what about people who work on airplanes. Are pilots and flight attendants really in one of the most dangerous industries? They have to go up in planes multiple times per week and sometimes multiple times per day. Does that level of exposure mean they are far more likely to get injured or even killed on the job?

When a brain injury changes a loved one forever

Your spouse suffers a head injury in a fall at work. You get the call after they have already arrived at the hospital. Doctors keep them in a medically-induced coma for a few days to let some swelling on the brain go down, and then they wake back up again.

Over time, the physical side of the injury heals. Cuts and bruises fade. They regain all of the physical skills and abilities they had before the fall. You feel grateful that things seem normal again.

Millions of teenagers face dangers in the fast food industry

Most people see the fast food industry as an entry-level job, a way to gain some experience in a relatively undemanding job that does not require an education or special training. That's why it is one of the first places that teenagers turn when it comes time to get some work experience on their resume. Reports indicate that there are about 2.5 million teens in the United States who work in restaurants.

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