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Serious issues that may accompany neck pain

Neck pain can have many causes. You've probably experienced it when you slept awkwardly and woke up unable to even turn your head to the side. That type of pain tends to fade after a day or two.

However, it can be far more serious, especially if you're involved in a traumatic incident in the workplace, such as a fall from a ladder or a car accident. A neck injury is never anything you want to take lightly, as it can point to spinal cord injuries and even potential paralysis.

Nurses may become patients after years of heavy lifting

If you work as a nurse, you probably went into medicine because you want to take care of or help other people. Nurses provide hands-on, direct care that can make a major impact on patients. Medical careers like nursing offer not just excellent stability and pay but also the satisfaction that comes from a job that directly influences somebody's well-being and quality of life.

Unfortunately, the nursing professionals caring for patients often put themselves at risk by doing so. The heavy work of caring for, moving, repositioning and transporting patients can result in a sudden injury to your back. A single improper lift could result in severe pain and an inability to continue working.

Serious head injury symptoms after a fall

You take a serious fall at work. It happens fast. You don't even know for sure what happened. Did you hit your head on the ground? Why did you fall? Did you lose consciousness on impact? If so, how long were you out? You have a lot of questions, and they can hinder your ability to know just how badly you got hurt.

The first step, of course, is to seek medical assistance. Treat every fall as a serious event. Always assume you need treatment. Talk to a doctor and get a professional opinion. Do not try to walk it off or "wait and see" what happens.

Baggage handlers at airports are at risk for serious injuries

Any job that requires manual labor presents a risk of injury to the workers who perform it. The more difficult the physical labor and the more complicated the motions that workers perform, the more likely they are to suffer injuries. Doing the same job or task for extended periods of time can also increase the risk of a worker suffering injuries because of their job.

Baggage handlers at airports often have a thankless job that runs a high risk of injury. If they do everything right, people don't notice they exist, but when they make little mistakes like dropping a bag, the result can be an expensive claim against the airport and potentially a write-up that could affect their job in the future.

Trench collapses often fatal for laborers

One of the deadliest accidents on construction sites are trench collapses. They can happen quickly and with little warning to alert those workers down inside the excavation. They become trapped and often die before rescue crews can get them to the surface.

To remain safer on the job when working in and around trenches, it can be helpful to learn more about excavations. Below is some information for construction workers and other laborers.

Roofers face more hazards than just falling

If someone asked you what the No. 1 danger for roofers was, would you quickly say that it was falling from the roof to the ground below? It feels obvious. It's a clear risk and it's the reason that those who don't have a stomach for heights can't do this job in the first place.

That is a major risk, and experts note that falls cause most deaths in the construction industry. That includes roofers. Your answer is correct. The only problem is that it does not go far enough. Roofers face a multitude of injury risks on the job. Here are just a few:

Park rangers face many on-the-job risks

Colorado has many beautiful natural areas and parks. The main four national parks are the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain National Park. All get thousands of visitors every year, both from within Colorado and from other states, and all have park rangers tasked with keeping things safe.

That's not an easy job, and it can be a downright hazardous job. In 2019, that's nothing new. Reports have been coming out for years that the risks are just getting greater for park rangers. People said it in 2005 and again in 2012 and they're still saying it today.

Working in a hospital is more dangerous than you thought

If there's any workplace where you can get quick treatment for an injury, it's a hospital. This leads some people to assume that this line of work is fairly safe. It's far easier to imagine factory workers getting hurt by heavy equipment, logging workers getting injured at remote locations and construction workers falling from heights. Working as a doctor or a nurse appears to be a low-risk job, at least to someone outside of the industry.

The reality, though is that these are some of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Here are a few key points to consider from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

The rise in head injuries: Are you at risk?

Head and brain injuries can change your life forever. Many incidents are fatal, of course, as these are some of the most traumatic injuries workers can experience on the job. Even those who pull through, however, may deal with serious life changes, such as disabilities.

Who is most at risk? Almost every job has some level of risk, but those who work at heights, those who work with heavy machinery and those who drive for a living have some of the greatest risks to face on a daily basis. A fall, an entanglement with a machine or a car accident can all lead to head and brain injuries in a matter of seconds.

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