Workers in California who risk exposure to respirable crystalline silica should know that OSHA, as of July 23, is enforcing compliance with its Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for both maritime and general industries. That date signaled the end of a one-month delay where OSHA provided compliance assistance to employers in good faith. Now, employers who violate the standards will pay a penalty and be put on OSHA's violator list.
Individuals who perform hot work in California or elsewhere throughout the country could be putting themselves in danger. Hot work is an activity such as welding or burning that can cause a fire or explosion. To prevent injuries or deaths related to hot work, companies should consider avoiding it whenever possible. At the very least, a hazard analysis should be conducted to identify and remedy issues before work starts.
In its newest commission workforce survey, the American College of Radiology found that nearly one-third of radiologists may suffer from work-related lower back ailments. Lower back pain can be found across a variety of professions, so workers in California may want to be aware of the trend.
The fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be occurring from May 7 through May 11. The goal of the event is to raise awareness of workplace safety in California and throughout the country. It is a time in which employers and construction workers are encouraged to take a break and discuss any issues that could increase the likelihood of a fall on a job site.
California employees who work around machines or equipment with moving parts always have to be careful around pinch points. These are defined as areas of a machine where a part of an employee's body may be caught.
Despite the efforts of national organizations year after year to improve eye protection safety among workers, the number of eye injuries never seems to go down. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has stated that every year, more than 20,000 workers in California and across the U.S. suffer an eye injury. Approximately40 percent of serious injuries take place in the construction, manufacturing and mining industries where flying particles, caustic liquids and toxic gases are a threat.
Tree care workers and business owners in California will want to know about a new OSHA document that addresses five major hazards in their industry. The two-page document, which was published in early February, lays out risk factors, gives employers tips on how to mitigate hazards and provides other resources.
The first few months spent in a new job can be extremely hazardous for workers in California and around the country, according to a study from the Institute for Work and Health and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Toronto-based IWH found that workers with three or fewer months of experience are three times more likely to be injured on the job, and BLS data reveals that almost a third of the workers who suffered nonfatal workplace injuries in 2013 had less than one year of experience.
There is a dark side to working in the landscaping industry: people get hurt. And they get hurt, often very seriously, in a variety of ways.
Falls both from heights and from the same level are among the leading causes of workplace deaths and serious injuries. According to OSHA, 20 percent of deaths and injuries resulting in lost work days occur because of falls. This translates to 345 deaths and 202,066 injuries to workers throughout the country. Warehouse and distribution center employers can take a variety of steps to keep their workers safe from falls.