The good news is that OSHA has reported a drop in workplace injuries and illness for the 12th time in 13 years. While the numbers show a bright spot in worker safety and industry awareness, the numbers are still too high.
Airport travelers mostly think about the annoying delays and the lines at check-in, but it's a whole crazy world behind the scenes. To the public, safety in flight is the number one concern and the people doing the legwork and operations on the ground are overlooked. The rush to stay on schedule creates a hectic workplace where accidents happen.
It's no secret the county workers who protect and serve our communities witness tragic events on the job. Public servants assigned to high-crime areas may endure numerous traumatic experiences in a single shift. From dealing with domestic-violence calls to car crashes, homicides to 4-alarm fires, for the police officers and paramedics who answer these calls, death and destruction is an all too familiar occurrence.
Everyone expects jobs like police work and firefighting to be dangerous, but you might be surprised that they are not considered among the top five, or even top ten, most dangerous professions in the U.S. That is because these professions have safety measures in place that help minmize risk.
People love action, especially where movies and television programming is concerned. This explains why more reality TV shows are being aired than ever before in history. As people become bored with one series, newer, more dangerous scenarios take their place. The producers know that human nature becomes dulled to stimuli over time and requires more to stay engaged. Ratings depend upon providing that stimuli.
It's no secret that a high-stress job can cause health issues. Chronic stress -- whether you are a firefighter or you work in an office -- may contribute to high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart issues, including heart disease, aneurisms and heart attacks. It can also cause anxiety disorders, depression, chronic headaches, digestive problems, dermatological disorders and more.
When most people think of workers' compensation, they think of immediate, orthopedic injuries. Someone who fell off a ladder or was hit by a forklift at work is clearly eligible for workers' compensation. Yet, what if you have worked hard at a job for years and are now in constant pain from your job duties?