Safety Information for High-Risk Environments
The Construction Industry
The industry of construction is known for its hazardous working conditions. Workers handle hazardous materials, atop often working at high altitudes, putting them at a higher risk of serious injury.
Over half of all traumatic injuries occurring at workplaces in the United States result from falls. And, older workers are at a higher risk of an injury.
Various measures have been put in place in the construction industry to address the risks. For instance, workers in the industry use protective equipment and wear hard hats to reduce their risk of getting injured.
However, human negligence is still responsible for avoidable accidents. This is where Limerick Fire Rescue comes in to provide the information workers in the construction industry need to lower their risk of injuries and deaths.
The Mining Industry
Since the Industrial Revolution, the mining industry has evolved and come a long way. It has moved from miners working under appalling conditions with few to no safety measures put in place for their protection.
Even so, the industry still experiences specific risks, atop being a high-risk and harsh occupation. This is due to the fact that mining exposes workers to various high-risk situations.
Apart from the risk of disastrous conditions such as floods or cave-ins, miners are exposed to mercury, dust, or radon. The various elements and conditions in mines have detrimental effects on the health of miners, often leading to chronic illnesses.
Most mining companies overlook the long-term effects of mining on workers and even fail to offer miners the ventilation systems, respirators, and ear protectors they need.
We educate miners on the safety measures and precautions they need to work in the high-risk areas. We help them understand what to expect in their work areas to reduce cases of injuries, deaths, or even illnesses.
Health Services Industry
Unlike the mining and construction industries, healthcare workers often seem to have it easy, working in stressful environments for long hours.
Studies reveal that prolonged exposure to patients affects 30 professionals in every 100,000 workers. Although most of the cases are manageable, serious infections usually occur.
Hospitals with good reputations offer clean, sterile environments for their practitioners to work. However, needle-stick injuries still occur at high rates despite the measures hospitals put in place to protect their workers.
Therefore, workers need regular medical screenings to prevent likely health problems. The tests can also unearth potential health issues in their early stages for treatment.
At limerick Fire Rescue, we provide health professionals with the information they need to prevent fires at their workplaces. We also offer information and tips on how they can protect themselves from known dangers in their work environments.
The Manufacturing Industry
The manufacturing sector handles anything from textiles to food to the production of furniture. The risks in the industry as diverse as its diverging paths.
Workers in the industry handle hazardous materials, operate heavy-duty machinery, and work to rectify various malfunctions, making their environment high-risk.
The industry is increasingly becoming automated, reducing the risk of injuries associated with operating machinery. However, workers still working in the industry require enough protection to prevent injuries and deaths.
Workers in the manufacturing industry can access safety information on our website to help them reduce cases of avoidable injuries. We educate them on how to prevent injuries and stay safe at their workplaces.
Common Hazards Related to Fires
- Some hazards commonly related to fires and related injuries or deaths include:
- Rubbish and waste material – can easily spread fires if accumulated.
- Electricity – naked wiring can cause short-circuiting.
- Heating appliances – portable heaters can cause fires if placed near combustible fittings or furniture.
- Smoking – cigarette butts or lit matches can cause fires if carelessly disposed of.
- Combustible materials – glues, flammable liquids, and solvents can cause fires if not stored properly.
- Cooking – kitchens are major causes of fires in homes or commercial settings.
- Arson or intentional fire-causing.
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