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September 2015 Archives

EMS workers and the increased risk of long shifts

Emergency services employees in Texas and around the country who work shifts longer that 12 hours are 60 percent more likely to experience illness and injury, according to a recent study. The researchers examined 1 million schedules of 4,000 EMS workers over a three-year period as well as 950 health records from 14 large EMS agencies. The findings showed a significant correlation between extended shift hours and a risk to employee health.

Safety tips for electricians

Texas electricians are exposed to danger each day they report to work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 175 electricians are killed on the job each year, half of whom die while working in construction. Statistics show the electricians are typically in their 20s or 30s and are electrocuted while repairing things like appliances, air conditioning units, light fixtures, wiring and underground power lines.

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