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OSHA takes steps to further protect workers from silica exposure

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, much like asbestos, crystalline silica is a natural material that's "found abundantly in the earth's crust." Also like asbestos, when breathed in, silica dust can become imbedded in lung tissue which can result in the development of many health problems including lung cancer, silicosis and kidney disease.

How sleep affects workers' productivity and safety

While everyone needs to sleep, many people underestimate just how much sleep they need. At some point or another, most people have likely experienced problems sleeping or life events, like the birth of a child, that cause prolonged sleep disruptions. However, while scientific evidence proves otherwise, not getting sufficient amounts of sleep is widely regarded as being no big deal.

Every worker is at risk of suffering a brain injury

While often invisible to those on the outside, traumatic brain injuries are among the most devastating and debilitating of all injuries. From a concussion suffered after a slip-and-fall accident to a severe brain injury suffered in a car accident, individuals of all ages and socioeconomic levels are at risk of suffering a TBI.

Safety tips to prevent forklift accidents

While readily used to move and lift heavy objects and loads in warehouses and at loading docks across the country, the utility of forklifts is undeniable. Forklifts also, however, pose numerous and very real safety dangers to those workers who both operate and work in close vicinity to these types of construction vehicles.

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