Trying to "have it all" can be quite challenging. In addition to full-time work, many individuals also attempt to build a fulfilling home life, an adventurous social life, hobbies and other passions. Filling one's life with worthwhile challenges is a noble approach. However, new research suggests that trying to juggle too much at once can lead to neck and back injuries, among other health complications.
Last week, we noted that construction workers, first responders and other employees who work out of doors are especially vulnerable to cold stress this time of year. However, it is important to remember that winter makes all employees who live in the north vulnerable to certain kinds of work-related injuries and illnesses.
As autumn slowly gives way to winter, workers who spend any time of their working day must guard against the hazards of cold stress. Unprotected exposure to extreme cold can result in serious work-related injuries and illnesses. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent these conditions and most often there are ways to effectively treat them if they unexpectedly develop.
Sometimes it takes an unforgettable image to properly convey the importance of worker safety to the public. Black and white photographs of children in sweatshops helped to inspire child labor laws during the industrial revolution. And images of beam walkers perched high atop skyscrapers under construction heightened the American public's awareness of construction industry dangers possibly for the first time.