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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
North Carolina parents of teens and young adults might be concerned about the risks their children face while on the job this summer. Because summer is when young people try to find jobs to work while they are out of school, it is important for parents to be especially aware of their children's exposure to risk during this time.
Bloodborne diseases could pose a real threat to dental office workers in North Carolina, the results of a survey show. A large number of dental clinics do not maintain mandatory plans for controlling exposure to these pathogens. The survey included more than 1,000 participants from private dental practices across the United States. Conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, the survey aimed to examine compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Reports of dangerous safety lapses at a major nuclear laboratory might be of interest to North Carolina workers. The Los Alamos National Laboratory, home of one of the country's most advanced nuclear programs and the place where the atomic bomb was developed, has had a number of safety incidents in the past several years that carried the potential for catastrophic outcomes.