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Growing number of older workers, rise in fatal worksite accidents

A recent Associated Press analysis of federal statistics found that older people -- those between 55 and 70 -- are working quite a bit longer than they traditionally have. Baby Boomers may have rejected the traditional retirement date of 65, or they may simply need the income. Either way, statisticians expect them to make up a full 25 percent of the workforce by 2024.

Farm worker deaths are rising. Could local emphasis programs work?

According to OSHA, agricultural work is among the most dangerous occupations in the nation. Between 2003 and 2001, over 5,000 U.S. agricultural workers died on the job. That's a death rate seven times higher than the average U.S. worker.

How can you stay safer while using a ladder?

Staying safe while at work doesn't have to be difficult. If you work with ladders, there are many safety techniques you can use to stay safe. Your employer should train everyone in the proper use of a ladder and have information on ladder safety in the workplace.

Holiday parties and injuries: Can you get workers' compensation?

If you're hurt during a holiday party at work, can you be compensated and seek a claim through workers' compensation? Well, that isn't always an easy answer. Depending on where the party takes place and what happened, your employer may not be liable.

Can you minimize the dangers of working with electricity?

Working with electricity can be dangerous, which is why it's so vital that you have the right safety training and education. When employers don't provide this education or you aren't protected with the right equipment, you could be at risk of being electrocuted.

New program launches to reduce fatalities on the roads

North Carolina has launched a new program called NC Vision Zero to help eliminate deaths as a result of traffic accidents on the roads in the state. An Oct. 5 news release from Equipment World reports that the goal of the program is to educate agencies about the dangers on the roads, to add enforcement to the roads and to engineer safer roads overall.

What kinds of workplace hazards are there?

Workplaces have a responsibility to protect workers from harm. That means reducing the probability of workers coming into contact with dangerous or hazardous substances, materials and equipment. If you're injured at work because your employer doesn't take safety seriously, you may be entitled to workers' compensation and other benefits as a result of your injuries.

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