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March 2016 Archives

Sleep apnea could increase risk of workplace injuries

The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that as many as 22 million individuals throughout the nation suffer from sleep apnea, but in many cases, the condition has not been diagnosed. Texas workers who are not aware that they have this condition could struggle with fatigue on a daily basis, which could translate into greater risk of work-related injury problems. A Canadian study compared statistics on workplace incidents involving those with and without the condition, finding that someone with sleep apnea was twice as likely to experience such issues as someone without the disorder.

Cranes are regulated but crane operators are not

Construction cranes in Texas should be carefully scrutinized for safety and maintenance. However, the people who operate the cranes are not overseen or accredited in any way at this time, and prospective bills that might address this issue have reportedly been forestalled until at least 2017.

Employers can take specific steps to prevent worker harm

Those who work in Texas may be interested to know that although job injuries are often caused by accidents, such events aren't beyond business owners' abilities to control. Experts suggest numerous methods that can potentially contribute to safer working conditions. They also say companies that use such accident prevention techniques ultimately reduce the financial burdens associated with employee medical care.

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