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Extreme Heat: Are you prepared for summer work?

Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing, Construction, Heat Stress, Outdoor Work

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The approach of summer is a reminder to us all of the need to recognize, and act to prevent, the harmful effects of excessive heat. The White House has designated May 23–27, 2016, as Extreme Heat Week, during which Federal agencies will work with community planners and public health officials to enhance community preparedness for extreme heat events. Workers are particularly vulnerable to the health impacts of heat exposure.  Workers may experience longer or more intense heat exposures and are more likely to engage in strenuous physical activity in the heat than the general public. Also, in many cases workers rely on their employers to provide opportunities for limiting their time in the heat, ensuring adequate rest breaks, and promoting hydration.

Preventing Wood Chipper Fatalities

Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing, Engineering Control, Service Sector, Young Workers

 

Commercial Wood Chipper

Commercial Wood Chipper. Photo ©Thinkstock

Last week, a 19-year-old North Carolina teen was killed after being pulled feet first into a wood chipper (see news report).  It was his first day on the job.Self-feeding mobile wood chippers commonly used during tree trimming operations consist of a feed mechanism, knives mounted on a rotating chipper disc or drum, and a power plant. Tree branches and trunk sections fed manually into the machine’s infeed hopper are grabbed by the feed mechanism or chipper knives. The chipper disc or drum, rotating between 1,000 and 2,000 rpm, cuts and propels wood chips through the discharge spout usually into a chip truck. The housing containing the chipper disc or drum is sectioned and includes a removable hood that allows access to machine components for maintenance.

Partnership Increases Capacity in Agricultural Safety on the Navajo Nation

Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing

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Shiprock Agency. Photo © Thinkstock.

Farming and ranching are important to the livelihood and culture of the Navajo Nation. Nearly all families living on the 27, 000 square mile reservation are involved in agriculture.1 Many of them use traditional farming practices that do not include powered machinery. However, an increasing number of farmers are changing to cash crops and larger-scale farming, which require tractors and other equipment. Also, more ranchers are raising cattle rather than sheep, a shift from traditional Navajo ranching.1 As Navajo farmers and ranchers take on new agricultural activities, it is important that they receive training on safe handling of potentially dangerous equipment and livestock.

Protect Yourself at Work: A Series of Print and Video Materials for Spanish-speaking Immigrant Workers

Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing, Communication, Construction, Occupational Health Equity, Service Sector

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Recently, NIOSH released a series of multi-media communication products for organizations that serve Spanish-speaking immigrant workers entitled Protéjase en el trabajo (Protect yourself at work). This series of products is a result of a multi-faceted project that includes 1) a partnership between NIOSH and the Mexican Consulates in the U.S. and 2) the development of illustrated materials for workers created through community outreach, engagement and input. The series includes 4 booklets/brochures, 2 posters, and 5 testimonial videos. The purpose of these materials is to provide evidence-based information to raise awareness about potential occupational safety and health issues and encourage workers to seek assistance for work-related questions or concerns. These new products are not meant to take the place of existing training and educational materials or intended to replace industry guidance and training, but instead serve as another venue to provide education and knowledge to these workers.

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