Protecting Workers from Falls

Construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work. Between one-third to one-half of fatalities among construction workers are due to falls, mainly from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds. But falls can also occur on the ground, when workers slip or trip while moving around the site. Even when these falls are not fatal, disabling injuries, whether temporary or permanent, can result. For employers, these accidents can be personally and financially devastating, leading to higher insurance premiums, fines, and expensive lawsuits. Because the consequences of even a single fall can be very serious, contractors must have in place a rigorous program for fall prevention. A good starting point is the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) general industry fall protection standard, which includes systems and procedures designed to prevent workers from falling off, onto, or through working levels, as well as to protect employees from being struck by falling objects. …

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Finances: The #1 Concern of Employees at Home & Work

What consumes the thoughts of your employees more than anything else both while they’re working and while they’re at home? Sure, occasionally the answer to this question will be politics, family, or health, but most of the time the one concept which consumes our thoughts the most is money. By no means am I suggesting that people are obsessed with money, but the reality is our lives are dictated by our need for our incomes. From the moment we get our first jobs, we create expenses to match our incomes. And as our incomes rise, we accumulate more expenses. For some, expenses accumulate faster than their income increases. Based on the latest research, the population of Americans who have more expenses than income is growing. The 3 Primary “Jobs” of Money Unfortunately, the problems don’t stop there. When we earn our incomes, the money has three primary jobs: First, the …

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4 Rules for Medication Safety

Medication errors are all too common. Prescription drug use is widespread and increasingly risky for those taking multiple medicines. In addition, fake online pharmacies are illegally selling prescription drugs that often contain the wrong substances or harmful dosages. While drugs are lifesaving for hundreds of conditions, misuse of medicine in the U.S. has led to nearly 700,000 emergency visits and 100,000 hospitalizations per year. To lower your risk of getting sick from your medicine, keep a close watch on what you’re taking. 1. Know what each drug does. When your health care provider prescribes a new medicine, ask what it does and how it will help you. Learn how to use it and what to expect. Read and save the information for every prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medicine you use. Ask your provider or pharmacist about side effects. Many medicines and dietary supplements produce some degree of side effects, which your provider and pharmacist …

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What Wellness Data Collection Means for You

It can seem a little intrusive to get a health risk assessment from your employer. These questionnaires may ask for a wide variety of information about your health habits, and they’re becoming increasingly common: According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 19 percent of companies that offer health insurance use health risk assessments, while 50 percent of companies with more than 200 employees do. Companies that collect this information do so to improve health and lower health care costs, and there are legal requirements they must follow to prevent identification of individual people. These assessments may take the form of self-reported questionnaires or biometric screenings performed by a health care professional. Here’s what you need to know. What Information Is Collected? These assessments and screenings vary by employer or insurance provider. The assessments are meant to screen for behaviors that could increase health costs in the long run. They may ask …

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