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Teachers get injured, too

When you think of sustaining a serious injury in the workplace, what probably comes to mind is a situation involving construction, factory work or another obviously dangerous job. This makes sense, considering that these sectors experience the most fatalities.

BLS releases sobering workplace fatality figures

Workplace fatalities in Georgia and around the country increased by a worrying 7 percent in 2016 according to the latest Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of workers killed in on-the-job accidents has now risen for three consecutive years, and the total death toll in 2016 was the highest in almost a decade according to the federal watchdog.

New data reveals serious safety risks in U.S. meat plants

According to data, meat plant workers in the U.S. are three times as likely to suffer serious injuries as workers in other industries. In addition, beef and pork workers are seven times as likely to suffer repetitive strain injuries. Meat plant workers and employers in Georgia should be concerned about these trends, especially when there are plans to remove line speed regulations in the industry.

Tips to get employees to use PPE

It can be difficult to get Georgia employees to use their personal protective equipment (PPE) on the job. This is often true even when the clothing fits well and is relatively stylish. However, employers may be able to get their workers to wear protective clothing by explaining what it is and how to wear it properly. In some cases, employees may not even think to use PPE because of a lack of training.

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