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OSHA Takes Flight With Drone Use

Until recently OSHA visits have come mostly in the form of on-the-ground safety inspections, but late last year the agency began conducting jobsite inspections using camera-equipped aerial drones, raising some privacy concerns in the industry.

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11 Ways to Have a Healthier Work Week

When life is so busy, it can be easy to get into an unhealthy routine. Here are 11 easy ways to break up your routine and live a healthier, happier life…#1 Make your lunches for the entire week…on Sunday.
Instead of scrambling the night before or buying takeout for lunch, plan ahead and just get ‘er done. Grab a crock pot and make a big batch of chili for the week or barbecue some chicken and make a large pan of veggies in the oven. We promise, you’ll be grateful when Monday morning arrives. #2 Stay hydrated. “I bet I can drink more water than you” can be an easy way to keep yourself and your coworkers hydrated on the job.

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It’s Not Time You Need To Manage, It’s Your Energy

When you are fatigued you are also going to have trouble focusing, understanding, and solving problems. But, you still need to work the hours necessary to get the job done. Here is practical advice for managing your energy, starting with taking stock of how your personal choices affect your energy stores.

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Australia

Searching for Solutions for Sleep-Deprived Workers

Construction is a demanding business, and for many of us, catching up on sleep is high on the to-do list during Christmas close-down! Insufficient quality sleep and the resulting worker fatigue are a problem all year round—and they are increasingly recognised as a contributing factor to work-related accidents and injuries. So much so, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport has commenced an Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia. The inquiry has had submissions from sleep disorder experts, Safe Work Australia and others. It will be holding a public hearing in early 2019 to investigate how to better address the economic and social costs of our collective sleep-deprivation.

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Australia

Prevention Key in Reducing Spinal Injuries

Construction and transport workers have among the highest rate of traumatic spinal injuries than of any other sector. This new research has sparked a call of action for a stronger focus on workplace injury prevention.
The icare-sponsored research, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, investigated the causes of workplace-related traumatic spinal injuries of 824 people admitted to New South Wales hospitals over a three-year period.

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Official: California Must Mull Home Ban in Fire-Prone Areas

California’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state’s top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will leave his job Friday after 30 years with the agency. In an interview with The Associated Press, he said government and citizens must act differently to protect lives and property from fires that now routinely threaten large populations.

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Earthquake-Weary Alaskans Still Grappling with Damage

Life was beginning to return to normal Monday in Alaska following the powerful earthquake near Anchorage, but people nervous about aftershocks were still grappling with damage that closed public buildings and schools, clogged roads and knocked homes off foundations. Some residents went back to work. But state transportation officials again urged people who live north and south of Anchorage to take the day off or work from home to reduce traffic.

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