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The types of cold stress and how to prevent them

Cold stress is a condition that outdoor workers are at risk for developing in wintertime. It occurs when the skin temperature and, eventually, internal temperature reach such a low level that the body can no longer warm itself. In Missouri and across the U.S., cold and wet conditions can lead to three main types of cold stress: trench foot, hypothermia, and frostbite.

Backover incidents and how to prevent them

One of the more common types of construction accidents in Missouri are backover incidents, where workers are struck by vehicles in reverse. According to the most recent data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatality rates due to backover incidents have been steady from 2012 to 2015, with an average over 60 fatalities per year. The numbers are still high, yet OSHA has been unable to address the problem due to certain constraints.

Consider the risks before joining the ranks of the loggers

Are you one of the many young people planning to enter the logging industry in Missouri? You may not realize that it is the most deadly occupation if you look at the number of deaths per 100,000 workers. Authorities are concerned about the fact that all the safety regulations that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration put in place years ago seem to make little difference.

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