We know that electricity is essential to our way of life. At work, some employees -- engineers, electricians, electronic technicians, and power line workers work directly with electricity. Others work with it indirectly. Perhaps because it has become such a familiar part of our daily life, we don't give much thought to how much our work depends on a reliable source of electricity. More importantly, we tend to overlook the hazards electricity poses and fail to treat it with the respect it deserves.
On Monday, May 20th, an EF5 tornado thrashed through the town of Moore, Oklahoma, injuring 377 people, killing 24 people and damaging or completely destroying approximately 12,000 homes.
The snow storm that brought blizzard-like conditions to much of the Northeast has left some areas with two to three feet of snow. Unfortunately when such a great deal of snow begins to melt, flooding can occur.
Snow melt isn’t the only cause of flooding so if you aren’t located in the Northeast – don’t think you’re out of the woods. Floods are unpredictable and can occur anywhere at anytime – which is what makes them so dangerous.
Some typical causes of flooding:
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 40% of workers injured have been on the job less than one year. Why are new workers more likely to be hurt? The main reason given is a lack of safety information from the employer. In a BLS study of workers injured while operating power saws, nearly one in five said that no safety training on the equipment had been provided.