Use of Lasers Not to be Taken Lightly

A relatively recent addition to the workplace, lasers are a powerful tool. They can be used in all sorts of professions—from industry to medicine—and the benefits they provide workers in these fields cannot be emphasized enough. Nevertheless, using lasers is no small task. Aside from the fact that successful use of laser requires a high degree of precision, lasers can also be very dangerous in the wrong hands. It’s important that anyone operating a laser understand the precautions necessary to keep him or herself and coworkers out of harm’s way.

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Why Small Businesses Need to Invest in Workplace Safety

If you own a small business, chances are you have a lot on your mind. From hiring employees to managing clients to paying bills. One thing that probably isn’t on your mind is implementing office safety procedures. While no one would blame you for overlooking workplace safety, that doesn’t mean it is a good idea.

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Dangerous Openings in the Floor Put Construction Workers at Risk

Every day construction workers face on the job safety issues that could result in serious injuries or even death. One of the risks construction workers face is working on a job site where dangerous holes and openings exist.

Falls are the greatest cause of fatal construction injuries, according to the Center for Construction Research and Training. Many of these falls—including those from holes or openings in a floor—could be prevented with the proper SAFETY TRAINING and safety precautions.

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Keeping Flaggers Safe on the Job

When it comes to road construction, flaggers play an important role in keeping workers and citizens safe from CONSTRUCTION vehicles, obstructed views and many other hazards. If flaggers are not able to do their job correctly, however, everyone is in danger.

One of the best ways for flaggers to remain safe is to make sure that they are always wearing the proper clothing. Flaggers need to be highly visible to oncoming traffic and other members of their construction team.

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The Dangers Associated with Sand Blasting

Sand blasting is a technique used to clean a surface of dirt, paint and other substances. Using compressed air or water to deliver a high-velocity stream to the target surface, sand blasting is one of the most efficient cleaning processes used in CONSTRUCTION. While this technique is effective at clearing a surface, it also presents a variety of hazards to employees if proper safety procedures are not followed.

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The Effect of Age on Construction Workers

The average age of construction workers in the United States is 40 years old, and this number has been on a steady rise. This raises the question: How old is too old to work in construction? There is no clear-cut answer.

Nearly half of construction workers are baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), so there are plenty of construction workers pushing 70 years old. The law requires that construction workers be at least 16 years old, so there is tremendous range in terms of the age of construction workers.

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More to Emergency Exits Than Meet the Eye

Everyone has seen an emergency exit sign before. They’re so commonplace that when people look up and see the green- or red-colored EXIT they don’t even think twice. Nevertheless, emergency exits are key in making safe evacuations of buildings as efficient as possible. Shouldering such a heavy burden, there is much more policy and many more regulations surrounding emergency exits then one might suspect.

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How to Guard Against Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is a prevalent but preventable problem that can result in anything from money lost to litigation to the injury or death of an employee. Both of these outcomes are undesirable, so it’s essential that employers take the necessary steps to understand what workplace violence is and how to stop it from occurring.

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Construction Sites No Place for Horseplay or Practical Jokes

Many times what makes us enjoy where we work is the people we work with. The camaraderie with our co-workers can have a huge impact on whether or not we like our jobs.

While office workers may engage in good-natured ribbing and even pranks, construction workers are not afforded such luxuries. And while hurt feelings may arise when you mess with a co-worker in a traditional office setting, on a construction site the results can be much harsher—even deadly.

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