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Deck the Halls - Safely

Deck the Halls – Safely posted on Nov 13

Holiday decorations are a surefire way to boost a community’s holiday spirit. The bright colors and lights of the holiday decorations make the 4:00 p.m. sunset a little easier to handle.  When I’m decorating, my training kicks in and I think about safety as I   …Continue Reading Deck the Halls – Safely

Asbestos: An Old Health Hazard Still With Us Today

Asbestos: An Old Health Hazard Still With Us Today posted on Jun 20

Think back to when you were in school – do you remember seeing pipes that looked like they were covered in white paper mache and those colorful floor tiles?  There is a good chance that those pipe coverings and floor tiles contained asbestos. Asbestos is   …Continue Reading Asbestos: An Old Health Hazard Still With Us Today

Employers: Let’s Keep Massachusetts Workers Safe!

Employers: Let’s Keep Massachusetts Workers Safe! posted on Apr 28

Today is Workers’ Memorial Day, an internationally recognized day to remember workers who have died or been injured, disabled, sickened, on the job. Here in Massachusetts, 125 workers died on the job in just the two-year period of 2014-2015. These workers were our family members,   …Continue Reading Employers: Let’s Keep Massachusetts Workers Safe!

It’s Gloves Off When Operating Certain Machinery

It’s Gloves Off When Operating Certain Machinery posted on Jan 6

For most people, wearing gloves is second nature as a way to protect your hands. But there’s an exception to every rule – and if you work with machinery that has rotating or moving parts that you could touch, wearing gloves while using this machinery   …Continue Reading It’s Gloves Off When Operating Certain Machinery

Some Workers Face Higher Risk of Injury – But Employers Can Make a Difference

Some Workers Face Higher Risk of Injury – But Employers Can Make a Difference posted on Jul 25

In the six years from 2008 through 2013, 356 workers died on the job in Massachusetts.  This is about one worker every five days!  The MDPH CFOI and MA FACE projects developed this infographic to illustrate these tragic worker deaths and to underscore the human costs   …Continue Reading Some Workers Face Higher Risk of Injury – But Employers Can Make a Difference

Let’s Keep Workers Safe: Plan. Provide. Train. posted on Apr 28

Today is Workers’ Memorial Day — the international day to remember workers who were injured, disabled, made unwell, or who died on the job. In just a six-year-period, in Massachusetts, 356 workers died on the job (2008-2013). These workers were our family members, friends and neighbors   …Continue Reading Let’s Keep Workers Safe: Plan. Provide. Train.

There’s a Chill in the Air – But Cold Stress is Preventable!

There’s a Chill in the Air – But Cold Stress is Preventable! posted on Jan 19

The early days of winter teased us with milder weather, but alas, the cold has arrived! Still, the temperature doesn’t have to be freezing—and you don’t have to be outside very long—to be at risk for cold stress, particularly hypothermia and frostbite.  In fact, cold   …Continue Reading There’s a Chill in the Air – But Cold Stress is Preventable!

Move Over on the Road: It Could Save a Life

Move Over on the Road: It Could Save a Life posted on Oct 6

Driving. It’s something many of us take for granted as part of our day-to-day lives. Many of us also drive for work, even if only occasionally. But did you know, that in Massachusetts, 74 workers were killed in motor vehicle related events from 2007-2014? Forty-six   …Continue Reading Move Over on the Road: It Could Save a Life

A prevenção de quedas para melhorar a segurança dos trabalhadores da construção

A prevenção de quedas para melhorar a segurança dos trabalhadores da construção posted on May 29

Você conhece alguém que trabalhe em construção civil?  Provavelmente, sim. Mesmo que não consiga se lembrar de alguém, sua vida foi influenciada por trabalhadores em construção civil – eles constroem e consertam nossas casas, escolas, locais de trabalho, hospitais, e rodovias. Infelizmente, todos os dias   …Continue Reading A prevenção de quedas para melhorar a segurança dos trabalhadores da construção

Previniendo caídas y mejorando la seguridad de los trabajadores de la construcción

Previniendo caídas y mejorando la seguridad de los trabajadores de la construcción posted on May 29

¿Sabía usted que la construcción es uno de los sectores más grandes de nuestra economía estatal? Lo más probable es que usted conoce a alguien que trabaja en esta área de vital importancia. E incluso si no, su vida ha sido impactada por lo que   …Continue Reading Previniendo caídas y mejorando la seguridad de los trabajadores de la construcción