As the mercury climbs on hot summer days, so too does the risk of heat-related illness. As a construction worker, you could drop a tool because of a sweaty palm or collapse from heat stroke while digging a trench on a 100-degree day. For your sake and the sake of your co-workers, learn what heat illness looks like and what first aid to provide.
As a police officer, you know better than anyone that you hold one of the most hazardous jobs in the U.S. According to the FBI, 118 police officers were killed in the U.S. in 2016. Another 57,180 officers experienced assault, of which 28.9% were injured. You face those numbers every day that you report for duty.
The opioid epidemic is proof that there's no one-size-fits-all solution to managing pain. Opioids work for some people. For others, they don't. Opioids become addictive for some people. For others, they don't. And of those who struggle with addiction - even when they've recovered from their original injuries - there are still others who say that opioids help get them through a day that would otherwise be filled with debilitating pain.
Keeping one's eyes safe on the job is important for people in Connecticut dealing with hazardous tasks and substances. However, even for workers in offices, eye safety can be a priority and a matter for action as eye injuries in the workplace can be costly and devastating. There are over 20,000 injuries to workers' eyes on the job each year in the United States.
According to a new report from the Tree Care Industry Association, 2017 saw a 22 percent decrease in tree care worker fatalities and a 16 percent decrease in worker injuries. Out of 129 incident reports that researchers analyzed, 72 involved fatalities. This is an improvement from 2016, when 153 incidents occurred, 92 of them fatal. Tree care workers in Connecticut may be wondering, though, what's being done to enhance their safety.
The Government Accountability Office issued a report in November 2017 concerning the safety concerns of meat and poultry workers. Workers in this industry in Connecticut should be aware of what the report states as well as what OSHA's response to it was.
Connecticut workers often have to put up with cold or wet conditions. When a person's body temperature drops to 95 degrees, a person is said to have contracted hypothermia. If a person is not able to get warm, it could result in significant injury or death. Frostbite occurs when tissue is frozen, and amputation may be necessary in some cases. Poor circulation or improper clothing choices can increase the risk of frostbite.
Connecticut workers may have fewer opportunities to report safety violations than they did when President Trump took office. According to a Freedom of Information Act request, OSHA has lost 40 employees during Trump's first term. This is part of an overall trend that saw 16,000 fewer federal government workers in September 2017 compared to the end of 2016. Every cabinet agency except the Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Interior departments have lost workers since Trump took office.