Focus Four construction-related hazards: Falls

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Part 1 of 4 Construction is among the most dangerous industries in the country. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data for 2014 showed 885 fatal on-the-job injuries, more than in any other single industry sector and nearly one out of every five work-related deaths in the U.S. that year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls the leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites its Focus Four: falls, electrocution, struck by and caught in or between. These four leading hazards are responsible for 71 percent of deaths and[…..]


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Preventing falls on the construction site

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Falls are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for one-third of on-the-job injury deaths in the industry. Each year in the United States, more than 200 construction workers are killed and more than 10,000 are seriously injured by falls. Preventing falls and protecting workers starts at the top, according to this construction company owner. More information is available at the Stop Construction Falls website.


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Can you hold a candle to this quiz?

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Candles add a festive touch to holiday gatherings. Although we enjoy their glow, candles can cause home fires, injuries and deaths.   Remember that a candle is an open flame that can ignite nearby materials: Use with caution! Take our five-question quiz to test your candle safety knowledge.


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Fire safety and the older adult

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It’s a sad, but true, statistic that older adults are more likely to die in a home fire than the general population. According to the U.S Fire Administration, adults 65 and older are 2.5 times more likely to die in a fire, and that number increases to 4.5 times more likely when they reach age 85. Although older adults represented 13 percent of our population, they suffered 36 percent of all fire deaths in 2011.


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