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Scaffolding safety tips to help prevent an accident

When it comes to working on scaffolding, you understand the benefits of having this equipment at your disposal. You also realize that one mistake could cause an accident, such as a fall from height to the ground below.

Here are five scaffolding safety tips to help prevent an accident:

  • Follow manufacturer instructions: When constructing scaffolding, it's imperative to follow the directions provided by the manufacturer, as they know what you must do to remain safe.
  • Know the load capacity: If you're not careful, it's possible you could add too much weight to the scaffolding, thus resulting in a collapse.
  • Secure the platform: When possible, the scaffolding should be attached to the building. If this isn't possible, think twice about using the scaffolding as your safety could be at risk.
  • Inspect it often: Don't assume that the scaffolding is in good condition. Instead, inspect it for defects and damage before use.
  • Place it on firm and level ground: Just the same as a ladder, scaffolding should be placed on firm and level ground to ensure that you have a solid base for working. Also, don't place anything under the legs as a means of leveling the scaffolding.

What Connecticut jobs have the highest risk of hearing loss?

Most work compensation cases often involve skeletal or muscular injuries that impact the employee’s ability to move. While the worker can continue at their job after recovering or adjusting to their disability, it can be especially harder for victims that suffer a loss of hearing.

The ability to hear is crucial for a job as you can need to hear your employer tell you what to do or warnings for incoming obstacles. There are few jobs out there that do not require someone who needs to hear sound. The recent Occupational Disease in Connecticut report released by UConn Health states there were 105 reports of hearing loss in 2016, which is a 25 percent increase from the previous year. They also highlight the industries that suffered the most from this condition.

Ladder accidents happen for many reasons

Depending on your job responsibilities, using a ladder may be a big part of your day. In fact, you may find yourself on a ladder and working at heights more than on the ground.

There are many causes of ladder accidents that you need to keep in mind every time ysou use this type of equipment. Here are four risks to watch out for:

  • Missing the last step: When climbing down, pay close attention to where you are in proximity to the ground. If you miss the last step, you could land awkwardly and suffer an injury.
  • Neglecting to maintain three points of contact: You must always maintain three points of contact on the ladder, as neglecting to do so greatly increases the risk of an accident.
  • Using the wrong size ladder for the job: For example, if you need an extension ladder you shouldn't attempt to use a portable one. The wrong size ladder can cause you to make movements that increase your risk of an accident.
  • Forgetting to place the ladder on level and firm ground: This may seem like common sense, but some people overlook the importance of doing it as they become more confident in their work.

Do you know the top causes of construction site deaths?

Working in the construction industry can be fulfilling on many levels. It can also be extremely dangerous, so you need to put your health and safety above all else.

There are several types of accidents that increase your chance of serious injury or death. Here are four to be aware of:

  • Falls: Every year, construction site falls result in tens of thousands of injuries and deaths. There are many ways to protect against this, such as by wearing a safety harness when working at height.
  • Electrocution: This can happen when you least expect it, so proper training and safety measures are a must.
  • Struck by object: You hope this never happens, but you could be struck by an object for many reasons. From power tools falling from above to loads swaying, there are risks to watch out for.
  • Caught in between: These are accidents in which your body or a body part is caught in between two objects, such as construction vehicles or machinery.

Never forget what proper lifting technique entails

Depending on your profession, you may spend a good portion of your day lifting heavy items. For example, movers and construction workers are often tasked with this responsibility.

Even if you feel up to the task, you should never lose sight of the fact that proper lifting technique is a must. If you make one mistake when lifting, it could lead to a serious injury that requires immediate medical attention.

Dangerous occupations: Hazards structural steelworkers face

Just about every state offers lucrative employment in the structural steelworker industry, especially in large and growing cities. The Bridgeport area is a beautiful place filled with historical buildings. At the same time, it is a large city and continues to grow and thrive.

Our city offers many job opportunities for experienced structural steelworkers. However, these careers are accompanied by serious hazards. This makes being a steelworker one of the nation's most dangerous occupations.

How hospital workers are affected by RSI

Working in a hospital means you are susceptible to various illnesses and diseases. However, you may also be at risk for injury from lifting or repositioning patients when needed.

These repetitive tasks can take their toll and eventually cause what’s known as repetitive strain injury (RSI).

Workers’ compensation: A look at Medicare set-aside agreements

As nearly everyone knows, a work accident resulting in injury can take away your income for a long time. While many work accidents are relatively minor, others may lead to significant injuries or even long-term disability. Victims in Connecticut can rely on workers' compensation to replace lost wages and cover medical expenses. However, what happens if workers face a partial, temporary or permanent disability?

In many cases, these work accident victims may eventually be eligible for benefits under the Medicare program. However, in order to avoid depleting the nation's Medicare funds, victims are often required to file a Workers' Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangement (WCMSA). This is essentially a financial agreement in which a part of the injured employee's available workers' compensation funds is set aside in a trust to help cover treatment costs on a long-term basis.

Why do so many work accidents occur in Connecticut?

Like all other states, Connecticut workers experience more than their fair share of work accidents leading to injury. In many cases, an accident is simply an accident, but other times, it is possible to pin down the reason a work accident occurred. Determining why these accidents occur is important because it can help workers avoid injury and help employers make a safer work environment.

The following sections contain three of the most common reasons work accidents occur in dangerous industries like construction, warehousing, manufacturing and many others.

Dangerous types of injuries caused by exposure to heat

It has been an extremely hot summer in the United States. Most people who work outdoors along the East Coast are accustomed to high summer temperatures. However, reminders about the ways extreme heat can injure Connecticut workers serve several important purposes. For example, they help workers:

  • Remain aware of the types of injuries or illnesses heat can cause
  • Identify the symptoms of heat illnesses in their own bodies
  • Spot a potential heat illness in co-workers

Minor heat injuries include heat rash and heat cramps. A rash caused by heat typically only causes discomfort and does not lead to serious injury. Heat cramps are also not typically serious. However, the worker's supervisor should make sure the employee rests in the shade until the cramps go away. If they persist, the worker should seek a medical opinion.

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