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Caution: Hearing Protection Required

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One in ten Americans has a type of hearing loss that affects his or her ability to understand normal speech. Excessive noise exposure on the job is the most common cause of hearing loss. Some workers with long-term hearing loss have developed ways of adapting to the gradual onset of the disease, but the chronic effects of noise are real and can be devastating. The important thing is that regardless of your present level of hearing loss, it is never too late or too hard to prevent further damage. Workers who already have serious hearing loss have an even greater reason for saving the hearing they have left.

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Bonfire safety should not be ignored

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Bonfires can be a great centerpiece to a gathering of friends or family—the beautiful, starry night sky overhead, s'mores being made for one and all, stories being passed around, laughter filling the night air—maybe even a few adult beverages to go along with the constellation of people.

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Dangers the summer heat can bring

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Summer is almost everyone's favorite time of year but it's also a peak time for tragedy. The devastating heat can lead to such events. 

Most situations are preventable and, with the proper knowledge of how to combat them, can be dealt with properly when the time comes—or even avoided entirely.

According to the National Safety Council's Injury Facts 2016, 372 people died in 2013 from exposure to excessive heat. This is what you need to look out for:

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Ten major incidents reported to OSHA in 2015

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OSHA discovered an ice plant “failed again to guard machinery.”
An employee at the location fell into an unprotected conveyor while breaking up ice. It resulted in the amputation of both the worker’s legs below the knee. OSHA laid down the law on November 18 for the May incident, citing the ice company for one willful, five serious and three other-than-serious violations as well as proposed fines of $77,000. In 2012, an employee of the same company had a foot amputated ensuing the touching of a conveyor. 

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