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How to minimize workplace safety risks in warehouse environments

Safety issues are common concerns wherever heavy equipment is operated. Employees are prone to running into co-workers while navigating warehouse settings and using resources like rack intersections. That's why warehouse companies in California have to be particularly vigilant in reducing blind spots and taking 'close calls" seriously.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can effect workers in many industries

Carpal tunnel syndrome often leads to a lessening of grip strength because it causes the muscles in the hand to shrink. The syndrome itself is caused by pressure on the median nerve, which travels through a space in the wrist named the carpal tunnel. This tunnel runs along the whole length of the arm and into the hand. Repetitive movements like typing on a keyboard or other wrist motions can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Workers in California whose jobs require repetitive wrist motions should take steps to avoid developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

OSHA and NIOSH raise awareness of heat stress

For the past several years, OSHA has been striving to raise awareness about the safety risks associated with hot working conditions. While the organization has no formal regulations on heat stress, the state of California regulates heat stress for outdoor workers. There are challenges, however, such as the need for constant updating as more research is conducted on how heat affects the body.

Falls pose a threat to workplace safety

Slip-and-fall accidents can pose a serious risk to California workers on the job. This can be the case whether they work in a heavy physical job like construction or in a seemingly less risky office job. These kinds of accidents are common and may often be considered minor; however, when serious, they can be fatal or cause live-changing injuries. In 2014, 660 workers were killed after they fell from a height, while another 138 lost their lives in falls at the same level.

Silica memorandum issued by OSHA

Workers in California who routinely work in areas in which they may be exposed to respirable crystalline silica, an essential component in the manufacturing of glass, may be interested in a memorandum that was issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor. The memorandum details the initial enforcement for the respirable crystalline silica standard, the majority of which will be effective on June 23, 2018.

Sanitation workers face many on-the-job hazards

California sanitation workers have a very hazardous job. In fact, statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that garbage collectors are nearly 10 times more likely to be fatally injured on the job than all other industries. Unfortunately, this was proven when 7 sanitation workers were killed during the first 10 days of 2018.

Silica dust poses lung issues for contractors

In California, federal safety regulators want construction workers to know about the potential harm caused by breathing in silica dust. The dust can cause workers to contract a dangerous lung disease called silicosis that may result in death. Even so, the construction industry wants to find solutions to the issue without eliminating silica dust as a material used by contractors. As of March 2016, a new regulation is responsible for lowering the exposure to 20 percent instead of the former 100 percent. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is enforcing the regulation.

Workers may benefit from startup's wearable safety bands

MākuSmart is a startup based in Des Moines that specializes in software platforms that can help keep workers safe. Employers and workplace safety managers in California, as in the rest of the U.S., may benefit in particular from the company's new wearable technology, which is a band worn by workers that records all environmental data in the workplace, automatically reports all near-misses and identifies unsafe trends and areas

Construction falls can have devastating results

Construction falls can be some of the most dangerous and costly workplace injuries suffered by California workers. Overall, the construction industry can be a common source of workers' compensation claims, and falls from elevated surfaces constitute a particularly prominent sector of those claims, amounting to 30 percent of all construction-related workplace injuries. The Nationwide insurance company notes that it has processed over 10,000 claims in the past five years related to construction accidents and is involved in providing safety training and awareness programs to help reduce the likelihood of falls at construction jobs.

National COSH ranks 12 most hazardous workplaces

Workplace safety advocates in California will want to know about the 2018 "Dirty Dozen" report given by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. National COSH releases these reports annually to show what companies have the most unsafe work environments.


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