Knowledge of fireworks safety is important, especially at this time of year when people use them to celebrate the Independence Day holiday. The National Safety Council advises everyone to stay away from all consumer fireworks, and to only enjoy fireworks at a public display conducted by seasoned professionals.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one-third of all workers compensation claims are due to ergonomic issues. Simply defined, ergonomics is the study of work. More specifically, it is the science of fitting the job to the worker, rather that forcing the worker's body to fit the job. This can be done in various ways, such as adapting work stations, tasks, tools, and equipment to fit the worker to reduce the physical stress and illness on the worker's body.
Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes. Heat can also increase the risk of injuries in workers as it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness. Burns may also occur as a result of accidental contact with hot surfaces, sun exposure, or steam.
In July 2016, the National Safety Council launched an initiative on occupational fatigue. "Aside from just an increase in workplace risk, there's also long-term economic consequences," said Emily Whitcomb, senior program manager of the initiative. "NSC is tackling fatigue because as we're working toward eliminating preventable deaths, fatigue is one of the larger issues."