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Work-related death statistics released for 2014

Although many types of jobs pose risks of injuries and deaths, construction is one of the more significant areas in which fatality accidents occur on the job. Statistics for 2014 have recently been updated, providing an overview of significant increases in the death rate on construction sites as well as in the mining industry. Across the country, more than 4,800 workers died in 2014, including more than 70 in Maryland.

Month-long electrical safety campaign

Maryland employers are reminded to think more about electrical safety every year during National Electrical Safety Month. Each May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International promotes awareness about electrical dangers through a nationwide campaign. Communities, schools, organizations and employers are reminded to stay safe around electricity with outreach materials that are provided by the ESFI.

Brain injuries common for construction workers in Maryland

In a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, researchers state that traumatic brain injuries are more common for construction workers than for people in any other U.S occupation. Researchers came to their conclusions based on data recently made available by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Curbing insurance fraud in Maryland

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau workers' compensation fraud is almost $7.2 million per year. Therefore, insurance companies are looking to take steps to prevent fraud before it happens. Two tactics that insurance companies may use in the future are social media and surveillance of a claimant. While there may be higher upfront costs related to monitoring someone who may be committing fraud, it could cut down on costs later on.

The importance of keeping construction cranes safe

Construction cranes are used in Maryland and throughout the country when construction workers have to scale skyscrapers and other large buildings. While cranes can make a construction worker's job easier, they can also be dangerous. Therefore, it is important that these machines are systematically inspected and construction workers are thoroughly trained before using them.

Safer respiratory gear for hazardous workplaces

Maryland workers who deal with hazardous materials at their jobsshould wear respiratory protection. In 2012, 110 people died due to exposure to hazardous substances at work, and lost work days appeared in over 15,000 cases. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking at ways to encourage compliance with respiratory protection.

Workers who are the most at risk for hearing problems

Many workers in Maryland are exposed to hazardous noise levels when they are on the job. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, about 22 million workers in the United States are affected by hazardous noise. Over time, exposure to high noise levels can cause hearing loss and tinnitus.

Keeping workers safe from hazardous energy

Hazardous energy is present in many workplace environments in Maryland and across the country. Several million workers routinely deal with hazardous energy, and when one is injured an average of 24 workdays are lost while the employee recovers. In addition, hazardous energy-related accidents account for roughly 10 percent of all serious accidents in many industries.

Work risks for trenching and excavation jobs

While construction is one of the most dangerous jobs for Maryland workers, some areas of focus can be more risky than others. One of the most worrisome issues in a trenching job is the potential for a cave-in, but other concerns that could be dangerous or even deadly include the potential for drowning, being asphyxiated, or being exposed to dangerous airborne materials. There are also challenges in dealing with utility lines because of the possibility of an explosion or electrocution. Both employers and workers need to be aware of these risks so that they can effectively guard against dangerous situations.

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