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CDC: insect-borne illness cases more than triple

From 2004 to 2016, there were more than 640,000 cases of insect-borne illnesses, including Zika fever, dengue fever, plague and Lyme disease. Between those two years, the number of such cases more than tripled. This is according to a report published in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents should be of interests to outdoor workers in Missouri.

Computer vision syndrome a common job-related problem

No matter what line of work they are in, many Missouri employees are required to use a computer or digital device as part of their job. Unfortunately, frequent use of a computer screen can cause a medical condition known as computer vision syndrome, or CVS.

New wearable device could protect workers from accidents

Workplace accidents claim the lives of over 1,000 people and injure over 500 every day around the world. They also put a burden on companies and insurers, costing hundreds of billions of dollars every year in the U.S. alone. Employers and workplace safety managers alike in Missouri may be wondering, then, what they can do to protect their employees. This is where a software startup in Iowa comes in.

Reducing burn risks in the oil and gas industry with clothing

Burn injuries are a serious risk for Missouri employers who are working in the oil and gas industry. While most employers do everything they can to keep workers safe, fires can and do occur, often resulting in serious and even fatal injuries.

The impact of noisy workplaces on the heart

Missouri workers are likely to have an increased risk of developing heart disease if they work in a noisy workplace. This is according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that shows loud noises in the workplace is linked to high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.

OSHA promotes trench safety awareness

Workplace safety numbers from fiscal year 2016 show that trench- excavation-related deaths have nearly doubled over the previous five years. Federal officials have responded by putting increased emphasis on trench safety awareness and enforcement of existing regulations during the current fiscal year. Missouri construction workers should know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires implementation of specific safety procedures whenever work requires excavation or working in trenches.

OSHA announces delay of beryllium standards enforcement

Missouri employers and employees should be aware that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has pushed back the enforcement date of beryllium standards to May 11. The agency's final rule on beryllium standards was published in January 2017, and enforcement was originally scheduled to begin on March 12.

Upswing in black lung cases troubles doctors

Black lung has always been one of the greatest health concerns faced by coal miners in Missouri and throughout the country. However, as the 21st century dawned, it seemed that the disease was on its way to being defeated. Caused by exposure to coal mine dust, black lung cases were dropping dramatically, and there were only 31 cases of the most severe form of the disease noted by experts. However, as the century has progressed, the opposite has taken place, and hundreds of new cases of black lung are causing severe concern to doctors and epidemiologists as well as affected workers.

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.

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