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December 2015 Archives

If 2014 trends continue; deaths in construction and maintenance to top 2015 list

According to New York's Department of Labor, as of this month, there were more than 7.8 million private sector jobs in the state. With unemployment rates at their lowest since 2007, the state's economy remains strong and is fueled by growth within several industries including professional and business services, education and health services, transportation, manufacturing and construction.

Protecting workers from becoming victims of electrical accidents

Workers who must work with or in the vicinity of power lines and other electrical sources are at an increased danger of suffering electrical-related injuries. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, "five occupational groups account for nearly 80 percent of all fatal electrical accidents," these groups include construction, installation and repair, ground maintenance and transportation and moving.

Healthcare workers sacrificing their own health and safety for their jobs

When you or a loved are feeling ill or are in need of emergency medical care, you likely head to the nearest medical clinic or hospital. Healthcare facilities like hospitals are regarded by many as being safe havens where you are surrounded by caring and competent nurses and doctors who can immediately tend to your needs.

Why winter can be particularly hazardous for workers

As residents across New York brace for the cold of the winter months, employers and employees are advised to take steps to avoid winter weather hazards. From slips-and-falls to motor vehicle accidents, the safety of many employees is adversely affected by inclement winter weather conditions.

Protecting employees from acts of workplace violence

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, a workplace meeting turned into a scene of tragedy as a mass shooting took place in which 14 people were killed and 21 injured. One of the individuals responsible for the shooting deaths was an employee who, for reasons that are still unclear, abruptly left the meeting and later returned with his wife and guns to carry out the attack.

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