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Health care workers susceptible to workplace assaults

Health care workers are at high risk of facing violent assaults in the workplace. Since nurses and aides typically have the most regular contact with patients, they represent the group of health care workers at the highest risk for workplace violence. However, there are other likely victims such as emergency response personnel, hospital safety offers and all health care providers such as physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists and social workers.

Physical attacks involving punching, hair-pulling, kicking and stabbing often are the result of patients and, sometimes, their family members becoming out of control or feeling frustrated over the circumstances. Violence usually occurs when health care workers have increased interaction with patients in situations such as mealtime, during visiting hours and transporting patients.

Airline traffic picking up; workers continue to face job hazards

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on airports around the world. Passenger traffic at the Denver International Airport plummeted 75% in June. However, in July, the airport has experienced a stronger uptick in passenger rates, the most since March when people became much more aware of the virus.

Air travel continues sporadically and with a series of safety precautions for passengers, the flight crews and the ground crews. COVID-19 represents just another job hazard that can lead to serious health complications.

Common causes of construction crane accidents

Construction sites can be home to countless severe accidents and injuries. From those involving the failure of safety gear to those centering on toxic exposure, construction workers are in danger of serious accidents and death on nearly every shift. The most devastating category of injuries, however, involves the use of heavy equipment.

What are the most common types of workplace injuries?

Every job presents some risk to a person's safety, whether that person sits behind a desk or works on a construction site. And workplace accidents can happen to anyone.

Thankfully, there are numerous precautions people can take to reduce their risk of getting hurt. Understanding what the most common injuries are can make it easier to see what you can do to stay safe.

Healthcare workers face the danger of physical violence

Many people equate workers' compensation with a single-instance accident such as a slip-and-fall or being struck by a falling object. Healthcare workers, however, face those dangers plus those involving repetitive stress injuries and exposure to diseases. A new danger, unfortunately, has also become a growing trend - physical violence from patients and patients' families.

Shocking stats on distracted drivers

Whether bored, multitasking or simply trying to pass the time between errands, drivers can find themselves focusing on numerous tasks while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, even the most mundane activity can pull focus and attention from staying safe on the road and lead to serious accidents.

3 types of concussion symptoms

Motor vehicle accidents can result in catastrophic injuries. Damage such as broken bones, lacerations and amputation can be readily apparent. A traumatic brain injury, however, might have symptoms that take hours or days to appear. In some situations, it is the family and friends of the victim who first notice the changes.

Workers most susceptible to contracting COVID-19

Many people on the job are susceptible to contracting the COVID-19 virus. Workers in the health care industry obviously have the greatest risk due to their day-to-day and person-to-person contact with patients who have the virus or suspected of having the virus. This group includes doctors, nurses, lab technicians and workers in clinics, hospitals as well as people employed by nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

But the list runs the gamut and includes first responders, retail workers, restaurant workers, cashiers, flight attendants, teachers, correctional officers and bus drivers. Any one of these workers be exposed to the virus while on the job and become sick with COVID-19.

Workplace hazards in nursing and their effects on the job

While the profession may look different from one role to another, depending on their assignments, many nurses are at risk simply by showing up for their daily shifts. These hazards can impact everyday job duties and, in many ways, even put nurses out of work for extended periods. If you are a nurse putting in demanding hours for the sake of the others' health, it may help you to understand the various ways hazards may affect you and your profession in the long-term.

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