We have discussed the risks of overexertion and burnout in the workplace in past blog posts. However, it is an important topic to address, especially in these uncertain times.
When one learns how to ride a bicycle as a child, the first thing they learn is the importance of wearing a helmet. Wearing a helmet is an important safety measure, just in case of an accident, to prevent serious injuries.
Back in May, the World Health Organization (WHO) made waves when it reported that worker burnout was a dangerous phenomenon impacting nearly every field of employment. WHO states that burnout is the consequence of extreme stress in the workplace caused by the work environment, hours or duties.
Forklifts can make employees' jobs much easier in a variety of industries. They transport materials on construction sites and take the load off employees to prevent them from overexerting themselves.
There is no doubt that working on a construction site brings with it many risks. The site can change nearly every day, and workers are often exposed to electrical lines, main gas lines, falling objects and dangerous heights regularly.
Around 15 million workers across the country clock-in to work when many other people are falling asleep. Working the night shift is a reality for many employees, from police officers to nurses, and factory workers to retail stock workers.
Extreme temperatures--both hot and cold--can be incredibly dangerous for employees who work in the outdoors. There are often devastating consequences, particularly if workers are exposed to extreme heat without proper attire, hydration or rest. Most of the time, those consequences involve tragic fatalities.
Refuse and recyclable material collectors work in the fifth most dangerous job in the United States. According to USA Today, there is an average of 30 fatal injuries and more than 1,000 nonfatal injuries each year in the waste industry.
In a recent post, we discussed how two large Maryland companies were not up to par in creating safe workplaces for their employees. That post also briefly discussed the increasing number of employees who suffer from workplace violence each year.
Every year, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) publishes a list of the top twelve companies around the country that fail to safeguard their employees from workplace injuries or accidents. This list is commonly called "the dirty dozen."