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Protecting Ears, Eyes, and Lungs Don't wait until the damage is done to think about safety and health By Steven Bliss Construction accidents strike quickly and without warning. Other job-related health problems such as hearing loss or respiratory damage develop slowly over time. but both can change a life irrevocably. And both share this in common: At some level, they are due to human error and are preventable. Unfortunately we often wait until it is too late before we wake up and pay attention to safety. We wait until someone loses part of a finger in a jointer or until we are half deaf from noise exposure-a steep price to pay for safety education. Despite advances on many fronts, construction remains