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Child care workers suffer a high incidence of workplace injuries

Child care workers in New York City and nationwide are exposed to a high percentage of injuries and illnesses through their work activities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that child care workers are 18 percent more likely to experience a lost-time injury on the job than the general working population. Workplace injuries and illnesses to that group of workers has engendered efforts to pass legislation to try and prevent or lessen the injuries with better training.

Healthcare workers falling prey to increasing workplace injuries

Not only do healthcare workers in New York City face the usual work injuries regarding slips, falls, sprains and other lifting injuries, but they are increasingly facing the specter of being victims to violence-related work injuries. Reliable statistics indicate about a 65 percent increase in workplace injuries that are violence related for all healthcare workers from 2012 through 2014. The increase for nurses was 55 percent for the same period.

Safe + Sound Week intends to reduce workplace injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that it is creating a "Safe + Sound Week," which will take place on June 12 to 18, 2017. This will be a nationwide effort to have businesses and organizations work in a wide variety of industries to raise awareness of workplace safety and health. Several national safety organizations are already on board in supporting the event. In New York City, there is always a need for more efforts to join the community in promoting safe working conditions and for the reduction of workplace injuries.

Workplace injuries hit new workers in greater numbers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that about 40 percent of injured workers are in their first year on the job. Why do new workers have such a high risk of injury in their first year? In New York City and nationwide, the reasons for many first-year workplace injuries follow a pattern that employers must work to change.

Man suffers workplace injuries in explosion while welding

Regardless of the occupation, there are certain risks associated with it. Both workers and employers in New York City work to ensure that health and safety standards are met, but many hazards are difficult to anticipate. Unfortunately, one man in another state recently suffered workplace injuries in an explosion.

Could smartphones lower the risk of workplace injuries?

When many New York City residents think about bodily harm in the workplace, they envision serious accidents involving heavy machinery, construction sites or other high-risk jobs. In reality, however, workplace injuries can take place in any type of work setting. For example, people who work in jobs where they are required to complete repetitive movements can encounter a number of different injuries. Recent research suggests that these injuries might be reduced with new technologies that make use of smartphones.

Ladder-related workplace injuries loom big in construction work

March is recognized as National Ladder Safety Month. There is an average of 300 ladder-related deaths nationwide each year, and the number of disabling injuries related to ladders is in the thousands. This is a problem in New York City as well where workplace injuries that are ladder-related are prominent in the construction industry and other employment settings.

The risky nature of working in the health care industry

Health care workers, despite being employed in a field that involves the care and well-being of the ill and injured, face a high risk of suffering an injury on the job. In fact, statistics indicate that individuals who work in hospitals face a risk of injury that is twice as high as others who are employed in the private sector.

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