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Fact or Fiction: 4 Myth About Respirators

October 2, 2017

Respirators are a critical piece of safety equipment for those who work in environments with toxic substances. While their use may seem simple on the surface, a lot goes into selecting, using, and maintaining respirators. Here we separate fact from fiction and set the record straight about respirator usage. Fact or Fiction: Facial hair doesn’t […]

Avoid Heat Stress With a Prevention Strategy

September 21, 2017

There are many dangers to working in the heat. While people typically think about this problem during the summertime, heat-related illnesses are a problem many workers face every day, all year long. Heat-related illness is a general term for a number of conditions that happen as the result of working in a hot—or often humid—environment. […]

5 Ways to Avoid Head Injuries in Construction

September 21, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million people sustain a brain injury every year in the United States. While many who experience a brain injury recover quickly and resume their normal lives, at least 125,000 are permanently disabled. One of the most dangerous work environments is the construction job […]

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5 Ways to Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls at Work

August 11, 2017

Slips, trips, and falls are a significant cause of workplace injury and death. According to the National Safety Council, they account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths per year; second only to motor vehicle accidents. Slips, trips, and falls can happen practically anywhere, in any workplace. There are a number of unsafe conditions that […]

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How to stay safe while working in the rain

July 7, 2017

Contrary to popular belief, Seattle is not the rainiest city in the United States. With a 30-year average rainfall of 66 inches per year, our very own Mobile, Ala., wins this title. Here in Mobile, we don’t let a little sprinkling stop us. So how can you stay safe in the wet weather while on […]

Get Some Sleep: The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Workers

July 3, 2017

Sleep—while many people don’t see the importance of devoting much of their time for it—plays a serious role in not only their overall health but also their ability to safely perform their job. And unfortunately, this problem is only continuing to grow. According to researchers, Americans are getting 20 percent less sleep than they did a […]

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Ladder Safety: How to Prevent Falls in Construction

May 12, 2017

Ladders can be useful tools, but when used incorrectly, they can cause serious injuries or even death. In fact, each year falls from ladders make up a third of deaths in construction. Fortunately, falls are preventable when you plan ahead, provide the right equipment and train workers to use equipment safely. OHC wants to help […]

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Heat Illnesses: How to Recognize the Warning Signs & What to do

April 28, 2017

This time of year can be harsh on construction workers along the Gulf Coast. As temperatures begin to rise, so does their risks for heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Heat illnesses can be deadly, but luckily with the right tools, heat illnesses can be prevented. OHC is joining the Alabama AGC (Associated General Contractors) for […]

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National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week: April 3rd – 7th, 2017

April 3, 2017

It’s National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “Work Zone Safety is In Your Hands.” During this week, the American Traffic Safety Service Association (ATSSA) wants to challenge motorists to do their part to prevent distracted driving. Here are a few tips to help you always “expect the unexpected” Slow down When […]

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Stress at Work: How it Affects Women’s Heart Health

February 21, 2017

Ladies, are you aware that you’re nearly twice as likely than men to be affected by work-related stress? Stressing out at work can take a serious toll on your health, especially your heart health. Even though there is no direct link between stress and heart disease, (chronic) stress can cause your blood pressure and heart […]

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