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The most dangerous jobs in the US

For some people in Florida, the idea of a dangerous job may evoke images of law enforcement officers and firefighters. After all, danger is at the very heart of these occupations. In terms of fatal injury rates, however, the most hazardous jobs in the United States are in the logging, fishing and aviation industries.

Study links higher temps with fatal heat stroke risk at work

Anyone who has lived or worked in Florida knows that the Sunshine State can get pretty hot in the summer. A study conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration suggests fatal heat stroke can occur even when temperatures are still in the 80s. In fact, nearly half of the fatal heat stroke cases investigated occurred when the heat index, which refers to the "feels like" temperature, was under 91 degrees.

Ways to protect workers in the sanitation industry

Residents of Florida may be surprised to hear that the sanitation industry is one of the most dangerous among civilian occupations. In 2016, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the collection of refuse and recycling materials ranked five among such occupations with the highest fatal injury rates. Workers can suffer sprains, strain, overexertion injuries and even exposure to dangerous materials.

Construction workers face threat from silica dust

Unfortunately, construction sites can be some of the most common places for workplace injuries and accidents. In addition, Florida construction workers can face danger from some of the materials they are exposed to on the job, including breathable silica. While federal enforcement of a regulation on silica protection went into effect in late 2017, industry compliance continues to be incomplete in spring 2018.

Five tips for safety-minded business owners

In Florida, as anywhere else in the U.S., it can be hard to maintain a safety-minded culture in the workplace. Deadlines must be met, and the fast pace of the workplace hardly lets up. To neglect worker safety, though, leads to higher injury rates, increased workers' compensation costs and higher medical expenses. The turnover rate will go up, and productivity will go down. Morale will decrease, as employees will lose their trust in their employers.

Workers at risk of death at work

Some Florida workers may have a higher likelihood of dying on the job than other workers. According to a report released by the AFL-CIO, 5,190 people were killed while at work in 2016, an increase from the 4,836 fatalities that occurred in 2015. The report also stated that another 50,000 to 60,000 workers died as a result of occupational diseases. The primary cause of employees was transportation incidents.

How training can prevent grain engulfment

In Florida and across the U.S., workers in and around grain storage facilities are at a high risk for suffocation through grain engulfment. For this reason, OSHA has teamed up with the National Grain and Feed Association in an effort to raise awareness of the danger of grain engulfment and to prevent further deaths arising from it.

OSHA lists most common auto body shop safety violations

The most common health and safety citations issued to auto body shops in Florida and across the U.S. involve respiratory protection and hazard communication violations, according to statistics from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The statistics include all citations issued by the agency between October 2016 and September 2017.

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