According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 25 percent of the workforce is expected to be age 55 or older by 2022. The changing face of the working demographic in Maryland and around the country is largely because baby boomers are choosing to remain in the workforce for longer periods than the generation before them.
Maryland health care workers may be aware that their workplace is hazardous in a number of ways, some of which are better known than others. For example, many medical experts know that pathogens, or infectious microbial life forms, can live on in blood even after it has left the body. Medical workers usually understand that these pathogens can exist on many surfaces and in many substances inside a health care workplace, The response to clean these areas usually revolves around disinfection and sanitization. However, this level of antisepticism contains its own risks.
Facilities managers in Maryland looking to reduce accidents related to ladders see many benefits in personal lift devices. These machines raise and lower a worker who stands inside a railed platform. The design provides workers with a stable platform and 360-degree mobility while at the top.
Although welding can be a dangerous activity, the odds of injury can be reduced by taking proper safety precautions. Wearing protective equipment, being aware of combustible objects in the welding area and consistently learning about the possible dangers associated with welding can help workers stay safe. While workers should be extra cautious when working in new environments, complacency can lead to injury as well in areas where workers have welded in the past.
Maryland residents may have read that an industrial air conditioner fell 30 stories and damaged the side of a building in midtown New York City on May 31 at about 10:45 a.m. The unit was being hoisted to the top of the building with a crane when a cable snapped. Authorities say that 10 people including two construction workers were hurt by the debris that fell. They were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Although accidents can and do happen at work, there are steps that both employers and workers can take to limit their frequency. For instance, while working on a forklift, it is important to look for obstructions and to be aware of uneven surfaces. If an obstruction is located, a forklift operator should get off of the machine and remove whatever is in its path.
A representative from the Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community spoke up at a public meeting of the Calvert County Commissioners in Prince Frederick. Her complaint focused on the worker injury at the liquefied natural gas plant in Lusby that is being converted into an import facility. She used it as an example of lax safety at the facility and questioned the safety of the community once the plant began new operations.
After a fire was put out at Lighthouse Liquors in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, construction workers attempted to move a large refrigeration unit. The assistant chief for the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department said that the workers believed the power was off, but somehow an electrical surge shocked one man.
Employees in Maryland might benefit from understanding more about how compliance and protection can be improved by using better fitting safety eyewear. Government data shows that the demographics of the U.S. labor force are changing significantly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women accounted for 47 of the American workforce during 2010, and are expected to total 51 percent by 2018. As the workplace becomes more diversified, the protection attire and equipment used may need to be redesigned as well.
Maryland readers may be surprised to learn that nearly 40 percent of all work-related fatalities in the country are associated with motor-vehicle accidents, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to the personal, human costs of vehicle-related workplace accidents, there is a significant economic impact. The annual cost for United States employers averaged an estimated $60 billion annually between the years of 1998 and 2000.