Spring is finally, if a bit grudgingly, here. The Baltimore Orioles are poised for their home opener at Camden Yards - a sure sign of spring.
Madness is often defined as continuing to do the same thing over and over yet expecting a different result. In that sense, the twice-yearly American ritual of changing the time by one hour may qualify.
Construction work is well known to be dangerous work. In 2011, 721 workers died in construction accidents. This was 17.5 percent of the total number of work fatalities in private industry that year.
It's no secret that construction work is dangerous work. But that makes it all the more important to provide adequate protections for construction workers on job sites.
Workplace injuries are supposed to be reported promptly. Prompt reporting enables injured workers to get the medical attention they need and allows the workers' compensation to function. It also puts employers on notice of hazards to be corrected so that other workers do not suffer similar injuries.
Injuries from workplace falls are a frequent type of workers' compensation claim. This is particularly true on construction sites, where scaffolding collapses and ladder falls are far too common. These falls can not only cause injuries; they can be deadly.
Construction projects and other worksites can be dangerous for numerous reasons. Some of those reasons involve employers' failure to establish and follow adequate safety precautions on the job site itself.
Autumn has (finally) arrived, with cooler temperatures. But the brutal heat of the summer has scarcely been forgotten - especially for the family of a man killed on the job in a heat-related incident last summer in Washington, D.C.
A review of the list of America's most dangerous jobs, as measured by fatalities, is daunting yet informative. Commercial fishermen, loggers and airplane pilots are prominent on the list of workplace deaths. No surprises there; the challenges of those very specific industries are well known.
The summer of 2011 has been a hot one indeed. With record heat gripping the East Coast, many Maryland workers in outdoor jobs find themselves vulnerable to heat-related workplace injuries.