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What are the symptoms of baker's asthma?

There are some occupational injuries you might never expect. As a baker you may have to worry about bruising or cutting yourself on machinery, burning yourself on hot ovens or even getting arthritis from kneading and pressing dough. The last thing you would expect is to find yourself routinely having difficulty breathing, or to find yourself coughing and dealing with massive congestion. Yet if you are experiencing shortness of breath with increasing frequency, you may have baker's asthma.

I can’t be injured in my office… can I?

Some industries are more dangerous than others. Construction, for example, is full of potential workplace hazards that can cause serious injuries. But on-site injuries are not limited to physical labor. Many people who work indoors at an office don’t consider their workplaces particularly dangerous, but injuries can occur in nearly any setting—even in a seemingly-cushy office.

OSHA Fines Construction Company $281K For Wall Collapse Death

Construction work is always dangerous. In spite of multiple layers of regulations and numerous agencies at the state and federal level, construction workers are always at risk of injury and death on the job. Sadly, that fact was underscored last year by the death of one worker and injuries to another. The construction company was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the agency proposed fining the company more than a quarter of a million dollars for the safety violations that led to the workers' death and injuries.

NYC construction deaths decline, but fatalities increase statewide

While workplaces overall have become much safer over the past century, some jobs remain inherently dangerous. The rate of accidents and injuries in these professions is often a good barometer for judging the culture of workplace safety overall. This may be especially true of the construction industry.

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