California employees who are required to work in enclosed spaces need safe air to breathe. In many cases, they will have access to a gas monitoring device to ensure they know exactly what the atmosphere is like in that location. Often, those monitors will have pumps attached to them. The pumps take air out of an enclosed space and transport it back to a remote location for analysis.
California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health has voted unanimously to approve new safety measures for hotel housekeepers. The new section is meant to keep workers safe from physical injuries and other dangers commonly found in the hospitality industry.
California is one of several states that has its own state-level Occupational Safety and Health Administration program. However, many workplaces throughout the country might be less likely to get a visit from OSHA inspectors due to a staffing shortage. Some of the areas hardest hit by the shortage are southeastern states such as Mississippi, Florida and Georgia.
California fans of "The Walking Dead" may be interested to hear that the television show's production company was fined over $12,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for unsafe working conditions that OSHA ruled were the cause of a stuntman's death in July. The maximum fine allowable by law was imposed by the workplace safety regulatory agency after it issued a "serious citation" for allegedly failing to adequately protect the stuntman from falling hazards.
In 2016, there were eight deaths in the U.S. coal mining industry, which was a record low. In 2017, however, the number rose to 15 deaths, with eight in West Virginia, two in Kentucky, and one each in Montana, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Alabama, and Wyoming. None were recorded in California. Eight of the deaths were connected to hauling vehicles, and two to machinery. Gas and dust explosions, which are frequent occurrences, did not contribute to the numbers in 2017.
You wear your safety harness when you work on scaffolding, and you always take precautions when using heavy equipment. However, these actions may not be enough to keep you from one of the top killers on construction sites.