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April 2018 Archives

Goal announced by NSC to reach zero fatalities by 2050

Many people are killed in large truck crashes in West Virginia and the rest of the U.S. each year. The National Safety Council is working together with the Road to Zero Coalition in an effort to reduce the number of fatalities in truck accidents and other types of motor vehicle accidents to zero by 2050.

Construction companies can help cut down on accidents

For construction workers in West Virginia, workplace accidents and injuries can be all too common. However, the Associated Builders and Contractors argue that by taking measures to evaluate and improve safety, employers can make their job sites up to 670 percent safer than the average. Taking these steps can also reduce safety incidents by 85 percent. There is a variety of safety measures recommended by ABC, such as substance abuse counseling and treatment programs, thorough orientation and training and site-specific guidance.

Grain industry and OSHA partner to improve worker safety

Wheat, corn, barley and oats served in West Virginia must go through processing and transport to reach consumers. The large facilities that store and process grain present significant risks to workers, and industry leaders are working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to promote safety. A primary risk to workers involves grain engulfment, which buries people in fast moving grain and quickly suffocates them.

Radiologists suffer back and neck pain on the job

While many people in West Virginia associate workplace injuries only with the heavy physical labor in industries like construction and mining, people working in any type of job can sustain illnesses and injuries linked to their workplace. For example, up to one-third of all radiologists working in the United States have reported that workplace injuries have caused back pain and other musculoskeletal problems. Radiologists surveyed by the American College of Radiology indicated a number of common medical problems resulting from conditions on the job.

Cardiovascular disease and noisy workplaces

West Virginia employees whose workplaces are noisy have an increased risk of developing heart disease. According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a noisy workplace is linked to high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, two of the primary risk factors for heart disease.

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