With the exception of TIG, electric arc welding generates harmful levels of noise. Welding is noisy. Tasks welders and pipefitters carry out are noisy. Welding is typically done in an already noisy environment. Add those factors together and it becomes apparent we could have an issue.Read More
Back injuries at work, home and play are unfortunately common. A report by the University of Maryland on back injuries in the workplace found that each year there are more than one million back injuries which account for 1 in every 5 injuries reported.Read More
October is the start of flu season, with expected peak between January and March 2018. It's recommended that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu. Learn more about flu prevention and the flu vaccine. Several recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for this Flu Season...Read More
Many times we only increase the injury when we continue to work while being hurt, which is a frequent behavior in our industry. Continuing to work while injured and without proper treatment, not only reduces productivity but can lead to disabling injuries that could create constant lifelong pain (such as arthritis, tendonitis, etc.) or can be so disabling that it ends a career early.Read More
The third leading cause of death in the workplace is contact with objects and equipment. A heavy percentage of these fatalities are being struck by objects dropped from above. Such sobering statistics lead to a simple question: how do we prevent falling objects?
The data shows injuries decrease during the weekends, less workers, less opportunities. However, hand injuries account for a higher percent of the injuries. While the data doesn’t show the reasons this happens, it leads one to believe that weekend workers perhaps are less likely to focus on hand safety during these two days. Perhaps this is due to less supervision, increase pressure to complete a job or just more opportunities to take short cuts.Read More
Aggressive driving involves deliberate behaviors that put people and property at risk, such as speeding, running red lights, tailgating, cutting off other drivers, and weaving through traffic. Usually, it includes a combination (or all) of the above. And if a driver moves beyond acting out in frustration and actually tries to use their vehicle to do harm, aggressive driving becomes “road rage,” a criminal offense. Aggressive driving not only puts you and others in danger, it can be expensive as well. Most insurers won’t cover an accident resulting from deliberate or reckless behavior, and a road-rage incident on your record can substantially raise your rates.Read More
Wachs is putting together a list of local organizations where donations will create the greatest good.Read More