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Some ladder safety tips to prevent injuries at work

Are you an experienced construction worker? Do you use a ladder as a regular part of your workday? Have you become complacent or overconfident about using a ladder? If you're not taking great care to prevent a ladder-related fall, you could be risking your life every time you climb the ladder.

To stay safe, prevent injuries and avoid an extremely unfortunate accident from happening, take a moment to ensure that you're following these ladder safety tips:

Regulator proposes fine after worker dies from heat injuries

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed fines of $11,641 after a worker died from heat-related injuries near Grand Island. The fines, once approved, will be imposed against Rivera Agri Inc.

The fatal accident that triggered the OSHA investigation and fines happened in a cornfield on July 12. The deceased worker succumbed to symptoms caused by excessive exposure to heat. According to OSHA inspectors, the agricultural labor company that employed the man as a temporary worker inadequately trained its employees regarding heat injury and heat illness prevention. Sadly, this resulted in the man falling fatally ill while on the job.

Prevent electrocution injuries with these safety tips

Anyone who spends a lot of time working in a construction site runs the risk of getting electrocuted. Because an electrocution could be deadly or result in catastrophic injuries, it's vital that construction workers are alert, cautious and careful to prevent such accidents from happening. Here are a few tips from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for staying safe around electricity at work:

-- Do not assume that you can touch any electrical wires, even if they are insulated. Consider all overhead power lines to be energized and potentially deadly.

Be prepared to protect yourself from cold stress this winter

The warm and wet Nebraska summer has gone, and as Omaha workers head toward the windy and freezing cold of the winter, it might be wise to learn about the hazards you will face. At risk are not only those with outdoor occupations like emergency responders, firefighters, utility and construction workers but also workers in cold storage facilities, meatpacking plants and others who work in refrigerated facilities. No specific safety regulations exist to protect you from cold exposure, so staying safe might mostly be on you.

Understanding what causes cold stress and learning to recognize telltale signs of the potential health impacts of exposure is the best place to start. If you and your co-workers keep an eye on each other, prompt action might save lives.

These causes of workplace accidents are avoidable

There are many reasons why industrial accidents happen, but the good news is that those causes can be mitigated. If workers and employers know the risks, there's an opportunity to reduce the exposure of people to hazards on the job.

Not all industrial accidents happen as a result of mechanical failures or other issues. Sometimes, they happen because of how an employee feels. For example, fatigue and dehydration both put people at risk. Why? If you're tired, you're more likely to make mistakes. If you're not eating or drinking enough, dehydration can cause you to feel dizzy and unwell. It could cause you to pass out or be weaker than usual, leading to accidents.

Miners deserve care if they develop black lung disease

If you worked in the mines and have developed black lung, then you know that it is likely linked to the toxins you were inhaled in the mines. The Federal Black Lung Program is designed to help people like yourself.

This program is a type of workers' compensation program that provides compensation to miners who are now disabled due to pneumoconiosis, which is a result of coal mine employment. If you have this disease, the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA) also provides you with medical coverage for care needed to treat this and other lung diseases related to pneumoconiosis.

Get to know the most dangerous job in America

There are a number of jobs in America that are not safe, no matter how much care you take to avoid injury. After reviewing the data on workplace injuries, these jobs have been identified. Knowing the risks you face could help you avoid working in these industries or know what kinds of risks you could face in yours.

One of the most dangerous jobs in America is being an electrical engineer. The person who does this job is one who may install power lines and repair them as well. They will likely be exposed to high voltage, which could result in fatal electrocution.

2 taken to the hospital after exposure to fumes

One thing that all workers have to keep in mind is the kinds of chemicals they're around. On warm days, when chemicals are mixed or in other situations, there could be a risk of dangerous or deadly fumes surrounding workers and causing hazardous conditions. Sometimes, fumes can be dangerous or deadly to those exposed.

In Clay Center, Nebraska, two men had to be rushed to the hospital after they were involved in a workplace accident at a local business center. The men had been cleaning out a tanker at Extreme Transfer when the incident took place.

Are natural-gas lines a threat to people in Nebraska?

Natural gas line explosions are extremely dangerous to people working on site and to others who may have those gas lines entering their homes or businesses. Natural gas lines have the potential to explode, which could kill. However, Nebraska has taken some steps to reduce the risk of the lines becoming overpressurized, so there is less chance of an explosion.

In September, dozens of explosions were caused by natural gas in Boston. This reached national news outlets, drawing attention to the dangers of natural pipelines delivering natural gas to homes and businesses in the city. Boston isn't the only place where an incident like this could occur.

Beware -- an electrical hazard can produce shocking results

If you are a construction worker in Omaha, you face an endless list of safety hazards, one of which is electricity. Electricians are not the only ones at risk because electricity will be all around you regardless of the project on which you work. Multiple electrical hazards are present where you renovate, tear down or build a new structure.

Electricity is so much part of your life that complacency might put you at risk. Learning about the potential hazards and the precautions you can take might avoid electrical shocks -- which could be fatal. Every construction site should have a ready supply of safety equipment to protect workers against electrical hazards.