How to Avoid Injuries When Cutting/Trimming Trees

Cutting or trimming trees is a dangerous occupation. Even small trees can be extremely heavy, and trimming or removal can be complicated by power lines, weather conditions, or other hazards. Large trees pose extreme risk, especially if there are other trees, homes, or power lines nearby.

Most people who work in tree cutting or trimming are trained specifically for the job. That does not mean, however, that accidents and injuries cannot happen. Some of the risks involved with tree cutting or trimming include:

·         Exposure to power lines

·         Falling tree branches

·         Falling power tools

·         Inadequate or faulty safety gear

·         Slips, trips, or falls

·         Projectiles causing eye injury

Any of these risks can cause injury, or be potentially deadly. It is important to always practice safe tree cutting, trimming, and removal practices.

How to Avoid Injuries when Cutting/Trimming Trees

To avoid injuries when cutting or trimming trees, the first thing any worker should do is conduct a pre-assessment of the tree and possible risks. Once that is done and work is ready to commence, workers should do the following:

·         Wear a hard hat

·         Wear protective eye and ear gear

·         Train all workers on proper use of tools

·         Always follow instructions for use of tools or gear

·         Comply with guidelines on power lines (10-feet)

·         Always properly tie-in

·         Work with a partner on the ground

No matter how big or small the job may seem, it is important that workers and those nearby are protected.

Can Hearing Loss be Considered a Workplace Injury?

Work-related hearing loss is not something you read about very often. Mostly, when workplace injuries are in the headlines it is because of catastrophic accidents, injuries, or failures. Rarely do we consider the health of our most fundamental senses.

While hearing loss may not be a common topic, it is a very common problem. In fact, in 2016, hearing loss was considered the most common workplace injury in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 22 million workers are exposed to “hazardous levels of occupational noise” each year.

What Work Environments Cause Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is most common in workplaces that include machinery, equipment, or loud noises in enclosed spaces. Some of these work environments include:

·         Manufacturing

·         Mining

·         Construction

·         Landscaping

·         Farming

·         Musicians

·         Airport workers

Anyone who works around loud noise should be careful to take safety precautions to protect their hearing.

Can I Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Hearing Loss?

Employers are required to maintain a safe working environment, including providing proper training and safety gear when necessary. If you work around loud equipment but are not provided proper protective gear, then you are being placed at risk for hearing loss.

If you are suffering from hearing loss that you believe is work-related, you should speak with an audiologist about your concerns. Let the doctor know about your work environment and when the problems started. Workers’ compensation claims related to hearing loss can be complicated, so it is important to get a diagnosis and document any injury that caused your hearing loss.

Sources: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/09/01/kaiser-shhh-americas-most-common-workplace-injury-hearing-loss/89734914/

What are the Risks of Carbon Monoxide in Construction Jobs?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is often called a “silent killer”. CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that cannot be detected. CO is a threat if you are exposed to high concentrations, but can also be a threat if exposure occurs regularly for an extended period of time.

Construction workers are at a particularly high risk of exposure to CO. Exposure to CO occurs on construction sites through:

  • Exhaust from gas-powered tools or equipment
  • Exhaust from generators
  • Fuel-burning heaters
  • Vehicle exhaust

When construction sites are not properly ventilated, CO can quickly build up to toxic levels. Workers who do not have proper safety gear are at risk of CO poisoning. The results can be dire.

The Risks of Carbon Monoxide Exposure

When ingested, CO attacks red blood cells. This interferes with the body’s ability to process and distribute oxygen throughout the body. Symptoms of CO poisoning include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Blurred Vision
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Unconsciousness

Without proper treatment, CO poisoning can cause damage to the brain or heart, and can be fatal. It is important that all construction sites are properly ventilated, and workers are outfitted with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Sites with limited ventilation should be monitored and tested to ensure that CO levels are not outside of acceptable limits.

If you are a construction worker and have been injured due to CO poisoning, contact the Henderson Work Injury Law Corporation to discuss your situation. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits or a personal injury claim.

Types of Eye Injuries We Can Help With

When your vision is compromised, your entire life can be turned upside down. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), around 2,000 workers in the United States suffer eye injuries each year. Around one-third of those require emergency medical care, and around 100 result in missed time at work.

At the Henderson Work Injury Law Corporation, we understand that an eye injury can have a devastating impact on your work, and your life in general. We help clients who have suffered eye injuries as a result of improper safety gear, improper training, or other workplace hazards. Contact us if you have suffered an eye injury, such as:

  • Scraping – Scrapes are one of the most common eye injuries. When something comes into contact with your eye, and you blink or rub your eye, a scrape injury may occur.
  • Striking – Particles ejected from machinery or blown into the air can strike your eye causing trauma or bruising.
  • Penetration – Sharp objects in contact with your eye can cause penetration injuries. These can result in permanent vision loss.
  • Burns – Chemical or thermal burns can cause damage to the eye and surrounding tissue. These are common injuries among welders.
  • Eye Diseases – Eye diseases result from contact with bodily fluids, blood, or contamination. Sometimes a simple cough or sneeze can cause infection, or contamination via rubbing your eye with germs on your hand.

If you have suffered any of these eye injuries, contact the Henderson Work Injury Law Corporation to find out if you qualify for a workers’ compensation claim.