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Which types of workers are most at risk for HIV infection?

Perhaps not surprisingly, it is medical workers such as nurses who are most at risk for occupational HIV transmission. The good news is that such instances are fairly rare. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that there were only 58 such confirmed cases as of the end of 2013.

Of course, confirmed cases do not provide the whole picture. There could be unreported cases, for example, and even if a worker does not end up with an HIV infection, there is the stress and worry that goes with something such as a needle stick injury. Furthermore, infection prevention regimens can be harsh, causing conditions such as fatigue and pancreatitis.

How to prevent work-related traffic accidents

Traffic accidents are an all too common occurrence on the roads of Georgia. Add in the fact that there are construction zones all over the city of Atlanta, and these incidents can become incredibly tragic. Here are some tips for preventing work-related traffic accidents so all those on the job on the roads of the state can go home at the end of the day.

If part of your job requires driving, especially in a company-owned vehicle, you will want to follow these safety tips:

Trench collapse deaths rise despite ability to prevent the danger

Deaths in the trenches of a construction site are absolutely unnecessary and avoidable if proper safety precautions are followed. So why are they on the rise?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that there were more deaths from trench collapses in 2016 than there were in the previous two years combined. There's simply no reason that the trend is happening except that employees are uneducated about the dangers and companies aren't doing what they should to protect those employees.

Partnership signed between multiple organizations in Atlanta

A new partnership signed earlier this month in the state of Georgia has a goal of protecting and educating workers about construction hazards as the second and third phases of the State Farm at Park Center project is completed in Atlanta. The partnership includes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) along with multiple other agencies.

The other organizations that signed the partnership include the Georgia Institute of Technology Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Program, Holder Construction Co., and the Associated General Contractors of Georgia Inc.

Crush injuries present unique problems for rescuers

Crush injuries are a terrifying possibility for construction workers and industrial plant employees -- both of whom work in industries where large pieces of equipment are used and heavy loads of raw materials are frequently moved around.

During a crush injury, the victim is trapped, virtually immobile, underneath tons of weight -- but you need to keep as calm as possible under the situation and think through what needs to be done. The wrong response during a crush injury can quickly prove fatal to the victim.

How to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome

It's not uncommon for people who work on computers all day long to develop a problem called carpal tunnel syndrome. This is an issue that affects the wrists of one or both hands. It can be prevented if the worker takes the proper precautions while on the job. If workers already have it, it can be mitigated to ensure that the pain is not too tough to handle.

One of the best ways to help prevent the development of carpal tunnel is to reduce the force at which you hit the keys of a keyboard. You should also relax your grip if you do a lot of handwriting while on the job. Make sure the pen has an oversized, soft grip adapter as well.

Amputee sues over lost wages, right to work

An equipment operator who worked for the Georgia Ports Authority is suing for wrongful termination after his leg was amputated in an on-the-job accident and he was subsequently fired six months later.

The former Port Authority employee was working in tandem with another employee to lower a large shipping container on a truck chassis. The other operator made a mistake which caused the former employee's truck to lift off the ground, ejecting him through the windshield. When the truck landed, it rolled forward and amputated his leg. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he wasn't back to work within the next six-month period.

The injury risk nurses face while at their workplace

Nursing is an inherently dangerous job. During the course of a day, a nurse may be required to help support a patient's body weight, be exposed to infected body fluids, spilled liquids and other potentially hazardous situations. Knowing what the most common types of nurse injuries are and how to avoid them can be helpful as you look to avoid being hurt on the job.

When you work as a nurse, even something as simple as a paper cut can result in a serious infection. That's because nurses, and especially those working in hospital settings, have a higher rate of daily exposure to germs and bacteria than do others working in other less contact-intensive professions.

Does your job require you to work outside in the summer?

Summers in Georgia can be brutal. In the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, for example, many Olympic athletes constantly drank water, and the Australian team used vests stuffed with ice to help protect athletes who had overheated.

While these Olympics ended quite a few years ago, the heat issues endure and affect workers in the state every day. If you work outside, here are a few ways to protect yourself against conditions such as heat stroke.