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OSHA revises rules for reporting workplace deaths

OSHA revises rules for reporting workplace deaths

| December 22, 2014

From 14,000 workers killed on the job in 1970 to 4,405 worker deaths in 2013, workplaces have clearly become much safer than they were a few decades ago. However, workers are still exposed to extreme hazards at work and thousands of fatalities are reported each year. In order to prevent work-related accidents, the Occupational Health […]

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Data shows successes, struggles in workplace injuries and fatalities

Data shows successes, struggles in workplace injuries and fatalities

| December 10, 2014

And now, a bit of good news for the holiday season: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, 2013 continued a downward trend in the number of workplace injuries. Employers reported about three million nonfatal injuries and illnesses, which resulted in an incidence rate of 3.3 […]

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Top executive indicted in Upper Big Branch mine disaster

Top executive indicted in Upper Big Branch mine disaster

| December 5, 2014

On April 5, 2010, 29 workers in the Upper Big Branch mine near Whitesville, West Virginia died in a methane gas explosion, fed by illegally high levels of highly flammable coal dust. For the first time in the state’s history, a top executive – who has been called the “dark lord of coal country” – […]

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Wyoming poised to pass legislation that addresses its “deadliest workplace” status

Wyoming poised to pass legislation that addresses its “deadliest workplace” status

| November 21, 2014

By the end of the year, Wyoming lawmakers could take a decisive step in the state’s long battle to reduce workplace fatalities. Wyoming is often ranked as one of the country’s most dangerous places to work. Since 2001, the state has repeatedly seen the highest ratio of workplace-related deaths in the nation, and reached a […]

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New OSHA rule expands recordkeeping for injuries

New OSHA rule expands recordkeeping for injuries

| October 15, 2014

An updated “recordkeeping rule” may sound like a mundane clerical change, but new revisions from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will have a significant impact on how employers — and the public — view workplace injuries. Last month, OSHA issued a final rule that will greatly expand the type of work-related injuries that […]

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How high is too high? Evolving fall protection standards

How high is too high? Evolving fall protection standards

| October 8, 2014

Fall prevention in residential construction has become a major campaign for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), for good reason. Falls cause about 50 percent of residential construction fatalities, and 80 percent of residential roofing fatalities, according to a study published in September’s American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Regulations intended to protect these workers […]

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BLS reports preliminary 2013 fatality count

BLS reports preliminary 2013 fatality count

| October 1, 2014

Last year’s preliminary accident estimates are in, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)reports that 4,405 work injuries occurred in the US in 2013, indicating a drop when compared to the 4,628 work injuries the year before that. This works out to a rate of fatal workplace injury of 3.2 per 100,000 workers, as compared to 3.4 […]

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Dangers of the desk job

Dangers of the desk job

| September 9, 2014

A climate-controlled office, your very own workstation, and a good work-conducive environment—what can possibly go wrong? That a corporate office is safer compared to an industrial workplace– that has hazardous equipment and chemicals around– is only a myth until safety issues are seen in close quarters. The comparatively convenient office’s environment has many hidden dangers […]

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The 5 things every employer should know about heat stress

The 5 things every employer should know about heat stress

| August 12, 2014

Summer is the time when outdoor workers — construction crews, farmhands, roofers, and pavers, to name a few — are right in the sun’s line of fire. This puts them at a higher risk of heat stress resulting in heat stroke, cramps, and rashes. Severe heat with humidity also makes them vulnerable to physical injuries (by […]

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What causes the worst injuries to food industry workers?

What causes the worst injuries to food industry workers?

| August 5, 2014

Employees in the food industry are exposed to a lot of noticeable hazards like slippery floors, knives, hot water, heavy containers, cutting and slicing machines, and more. However, they also encounter hazards that, although not visible to the naked eye, are in fact life threatening. Failure to implement lockout tagout procedure that results in the […]

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The crushing reality of forklift accidents

The crushing reality of forklift accidents

| June 12, 2014

Among the top most cited violations in 2013, those relating to powered industrial trucks (including forklifts) fell at the sixth place, moving up one position from the year before that. In 2012, OSHA issued more than 2,900 citations and levied penalties of about $2 million for forklift related violations. In 2013, the federal safety agency […]

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