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150 Workers Killed on the Job Every Day

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mariah Young, 202-637-5018

(Washington, DC, April 27, 2016) – More than 4,820 workers were killed on the job in 2014, according to a new report by the AFL-CIO. Additionally an estimated 50,000-60,000 died from occupational diseases, resulting in a daily loss of nearly 150 workers from preventable workplace injuries and illnesses.


April is one of the Deadliest Months

in the Metal and Nonmetal Mining Industry

The beginning of spring in the metal and nonmetal mining industry signals the startup of mines that were idled during the winter months. Often when these operations recommence, they begin with new employees who are new to the mining environment. The new workforce, along with miners performing unfamiliar tasks, has resulted in the month of April being the second deadliest month in the MNM mining industry with a total of 50 fatals since 2000.


National Stand Down, Preventing Falls in Construction

Awareness event runs May 2-6, 2016

The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 337 of the 874 construction fatalities recorded in 2014 (BLS preliminary data). Those deaths were preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2014.

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FALLS KILL!

Falls kill more than 300 construction workers every year nation wide and hurt thousands. Deadly falls on the job are from unprotected roof edges, roof and floor openings, scaffolds, ladders, structural steel, leading edges, open shafts, and more.

What is a Fall Hazard?

A fall hazard is anything in the workplace that could cause an unintended loss of balance or bodily support and result in a fall. Fall hazards cause accidents such as the following:

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HAZMAT training available to railroad members

National Labor College hosts expenses-paid instruction

RAILROAD LODGES THAT wish to send a representative to the National Labor College’s Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program should advise interested members to apply immediately (applicants may apply online at www.hazmatgmc.org). The NLC has posted its 2009-10 schedule for these courses, and space is limited.


Asbestos

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ONE OF THE MOST hazardous substances we might encounter in the workplace, asbestos has been used for centuries because of its excellent fire resistance and insulating properties. Asbestos has been used widely in construction, shipbuilding, and boiler manufacture because of its availability, low production cost, and high tensile strength. Boilermakers are likely to encounter asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in a variety of settings — on the job and in their own homes.

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Take extra precaution in extreme cold

Last year’s winter temperatures in North America were the warmest on record, according to the National Climate Center. But this year, Arctic temperatures have returned.

And that creates a winter health hazard that should not be ignored. Serious cold-related injuries may occur when your body cannot warm itself or when exposed skin freezes. These injuries could include permanent tissue damage – and even death.


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