Although eye injuries may sound like a relatively minor concern compared to other possibilities that can befall employees at work, overlooking the need to address potential damage to the eyes can lead workers to blindness that can interfere with their daily activities.
Welders use equipment to connect metal pieces together, cut them, or trim them. With so many metal items used in buildings and machinery throughout many industries, welding is necessary to create everything from airplanes to boilers. Among the types of welding, workers may perform gas metal welding, plasma arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, and resistance welding.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees the safety of workers across the country, and they are responsible for addressing risks to employees, as well as gathering data to identify these hazards. To maintain accurate and timely data on injuries and fatalities in the workplace, OSHA enforces guidelines which companies must obey regarding the timeline and method that they report incidents in the workplace.
A number of jobs and tasks require the use of harsh or toxic chemicals. Even the simple act of running a machine can contaminate a work environment with hazardous fumes. When workers are exposed to these toxins, they can face both immediate and long-term threats of illness.
From online retailers to grocery store, many businesses use warehouses to ship, receive, and store materials and goods across the U.S. Factories are also necessary to produce and distribute products, providing thousands of jobs for Americans.
Many industries carry the potential for serious injury, and the risk of falling from a height is a danger frequently faced by workers in roles such as construction, oil and gas, and maritime fields. According to the Health Safety Executive, falls from heights was the most common cause of fatalities in the workplace in 2012,…
During the decades of the explosive growth of the railroad industry across the U.S., Congress passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) to protect injured workers. Approved in 1908, the FELA allows employees to sue their employer if negligence on the company’s behalf contributed in any way to their injuries. Prior to this law, uninsured railroad workers had no recourse against companies that showed disregard for their safety. According to the Association of American Railroads, Texas is home to the most miles of rail in the country, with the second highest number of workers. These employees are protected against unsafe practices and hazardous cost-cutting measures through the FELA.
As the leading employer of construction workers in the U.S., Texas is home to over 100,000 men and women who climb scaffolds, operate forklifts, and fill all the other essential roles in building everything from new offices to renovating old homes, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among the busy schedules and quotes to meet, workers also face a high risk of injuries and even fatalities. The U.S. Department of Labor lists 89 construction fatalities in Texas in 2010, the second highest workplace fatality rate.