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Addressing workplace fatigue for EMS workers

Emergency medical service workers in North Carolina may benefit from guidelines that have been created to lower their work-related fatigue. The guidelines were drafted by both the National Association of State EMS Officials and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Many EMS workers are dangerously fatigued

More than half of the emergency medical services personnel around the country say they suffer from severe fatigue while at work that impairs them both physically and mentally. Researchers from the National Association of State EMS Officials and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center discovered this while reviewing more than 38,000 studies, surveys and other documents dealing the challenges faced by first responders in North Carolina and across the U.S. The results of the research were presented to a panel of experts and published on Jan. 11 by the medical journal Prehospital Emergency Care.

Making factories and warehouses safer for workers

While workers in every industry face some safety hazards, it is well known that employees in factories and warehouses are especially at risk to injury. This is as true in North Carolina as it is anywhere else in the nation. According to OSHA, the most common warehouse accidents involve forklifts, electrical wiring, holes and gaps in the floor and power transmission components. Fires, explosions and chemical exposure, often due to improper lockout/tagout procedures, are also frequent.

OSHA and NAWIC working together to promote safety

In North Carolina, many women work within the construction industry and have issues that are particular to them. In an effort to help to address the safety needs of women in the construction industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced its partnership with the National Association of Women in Construction.

How to keep workers safe near a dock

Roughly a quarter of warehouse injuries occur on a loading dock. Therefore, those who work on docks in North Carolina or elsewhere may need to be cognizant of their surroundings. Injuries may occur when a truck separates from a dock or a forklift falls off the dock. While simply closing dock doors when they are not in use may be a valid safety measure, it may present issues from a ventilation standpoint.

Avoiding injury while working in cold temperatures

Cold weather may be an issue for workers in North Carolina and other parts of the country. When temperatures drop, workers should be given access to shelter, hot drinks and other resources to keep warm while working outdoors. Ideally, a worker will be able to spend 15 minutes indoors for each hour spent outside. Workers can help themselves by wearing clothing that is breathable as to not cut off circulation.

Workplace safety program focuses on prevention

According to serious injury and fatality prevention programs, North Carolina workers may be safer if their workplaces focus on identifying the potential for accidents and trying to prevent them rather than waiting for an accident to happen and then investigating it. The program takes the approach that near-miss incidents are a case of luck rather than a safety system working and that identifying those incidents can be important in making workplaces safer.

SWANA releases safety tips in "Five to Stay Alive" campaign

Like those who work in other areas of solid waste management, North Carolina composting operations employees are at serious risk for injury due to the use of heavy machinery, the type of physical labor required and the dynamic work environment. As such, it is imperative that workers follow proper safety precautions when at work.

Common repair method for water pipes may be hazardous

North Carolina construction workers who regularly repair water pipes using the cured-in-place method might not know that this process could be more hazardous than traditionally thought. Researchers believe that, based on air test studies, the plumes that are released during the process can contain organic vapors that are known carcinogens.

Falls big source of fatal brain injuries in construction industry

Construction workers in North Carolina face many hazards from working in high places and in the vicinity of moving or falling objects. Safety researchers have recorded over 2,000 fatal traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in construction workers between 2003 and 2010. They calculated that for every group of 100,000 full-time workers, 2.6 died from this cause. Among workers age 65 and older in this industry, falls represented the top source of these deadly blows to the head.

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