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Most Dangerous Toys 2019

The holiday season is upon us and that means toys are flying off the shelves in retail stores as adults rush to fill the wish lists of the children in their lives. When these toys have design and manufacturing defects, they can become a dangerous and even deadly product

The consumer safety group, World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) has compiled a list of what they consider the most dangerous toys on the market in 2019. The group aims to alert adults about the dangerous features of the toys on their list that can potentially cause serious injury or even death.

2019 W.A.T.C.H. Most Dangerous Toys List

  • Nerf Ultra One Dart Gun: This toy shoots rubberized darts but discharges them with enough force to cause eye injuries.
  • Spike, the Fine Motor Hedgehog: The plastic quills on this toy are removable, which pose a choking hazard for young children.
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Working in Cold Weather

As record cold makes its way across the country, it is important to think about the safety of workers who do their jobs in cold conditions, whether outside or inside. Cold exposure can be a source of injuries and even death for workers. Employers have a duty to protect their employees by complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

Cold Exposure Injuries

Exposure to cold without proper protection can result in severe injury to the body. The stress from a cold environment means the body must work harder to maintain a normal temperature. Without protection or intervention, the skin temperature drops first, and then the core temperature of the body. The following are the most common injuries from cold:

  • Frostbite: Tissue frozen by severe cold can be damaged to the point where feeling and color is lost permanently. Severe frostbite injuries may require amputation.
  • Hypothermia: This condition develops when the body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit because heat is being lost faster than it can be replaced.
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Nail Gun Injuries on Construction Sites

Pneumatic nail guns save time and energy on construction jobs, but these high-powered tools can cause catastrophic and fatal injuries when nail gun accidents happen. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are close to 40,000 nail gun injuries reported each year in the United States, making nail guns the second most dangerous tool in the construction industry.

Common Causes of Nail Gun Injuries

Construction workers in the United States face a high risk of serious job-related injuries. Framing and sheathing, roofing, exterior siding, carpentry, woodworking, and finishing workers are at the highest risk for nail gun injuries. The most common causes of construction nail gun injuries include:

  • Accidental discharge of the nail gun
  • Penetration of a nail through a wood surface
  • Ricocheting nails
  • Misfires and discharge of nails outside of the intended target
  • Nail positioning
  • Ineffective use of safety mechanisms
  • Disabling safety features on a nail gun
  • Nail gun operator distraction
  • Failure to routinely inspect and maintain nail gun
  • Slippery work surfaces
  • Slip and falls while using a nail gun
  • Lack of proper operator training
  • Disregard for safety procedures when using a nail gun

Most nail gun accidents on construction sites can be prevented with attention to safety procedures and with proper training for nail gun operators.

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