Categories: Aging Workers, Motor Vehicle Safety, Sleep, Total Worker Health, Work Schedules, Young Workers
March 9th, 2016 12:58 pm ET -
Claire Caruso, PhD, RN, FAAN
Spring forward Fall back.
We all know the saying to help us remember to adjust our clocks for the daylight saving time changes (this Sunday in case you are wondering). But, what can we do to help workers adjust to the effects of the time change? A few studies have examined these issues but many questions remain on this topic including the best strategies to cope with the time changes.
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Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing, Engineering Control, Service Sector, Young Workers
December 17th, 2015 3:50 pm ET -
Dawn Castillo, MPH; CAPT Cheryl F. Estill, PhD; and Robert Harrison, MD
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.
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Categories: Training, Young Workers
October 28th, 2015 2:53 pm ET -
Rebecca Guerin, MA; Andrea Okun, DrPH; Deborah Hornback, MS; and Christopher Storms
Illustration by Chi-Yun Lau
Every day, young workers face injury, illness and even death on the job. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that about 1.5 million teenagers from 15 through 17 years old work in the United States. Studies show that nearly 8 of 10 high school students in the United States work at some point during their school years. Each year, about 60,000 of these young workers are injured seriously enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room. Data also show that workers under age 25 are twice as likely as adults to be injured on the job.
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Categories: Construction, Occupational Health Equity, Small Business, Young Workers
August 28th, 2015 9:03 am ET -
Deborah Hornback, MS; Thomas Cunningham, PhD; and Rebecca J. Guerin, MA
Not all workers have the same risk of being injured at work, even when they are in the same industry or have the same occupation. Different factors can make some workers more vulnerable than others to workplace illness or injury. These include social dynamics, such as age, race, class, and gender; economic trends, such as growth of the temporary workforce; and organizational factors, such as business size.
The term “occupational health disparities” refers to increased rates of work-related illness and injuries in particular vulnerable populations. A growing body of research explores how a particular characteristic—such as being an immigrant/foreign-born worker, a worker under the age of 25, or an employee of a small business—can increase an individual’s risk for workplace injury or illness, and it suggests effective ways to improve the safety and health of these workers.
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