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Radiologists and workplace injuries

Some Missouri residents may be among the almost 33 percent of practicing radiologists in the United States who have lower back pain related to their job. According to a commission workforce survey conducted by the American College of Radiology, lower back and neck pain are some of the most frequently occurring workplace injuries sustained by radiologists. Almost 500 radiology practice leaders were enlisted by the ACR's Human Resources Commission for the survey.

Trench safety key priority for 2018

Trench safety has been identified as a major priority to protect the safety of construction workers in Missouri and across the country according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Construction workers frequently encounter dangerous or difficult conditions on the job, but laboring in trenches and excavation sites can pose a particularly high risk of serious workplace accidents. The risks associated with unfinished structures, heavy equipment and intense physical labor are intensified when dealing with depressions and cavities underground.

OSHA, entertainment industry groups renew safety partnership

In February, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the renewal of its safety partnership with the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada. The partnership is designed to help protect the health and safety of entertainment industry workers in Missouri and across the U.S.

The truth about anchor point thresholds

Employers in Missouri and throughout the country may believe that they need a 5,000 pound anchor point to meet OSHA rules. However, this may not be as defined of a standard as employers think it is. The actual rule states that any personal fall arrest system must have a safety factor of at least two. When conducting a fall system test, it must be conducted with a weight of approximately 220 pounds and from a height of at least six feet.

Coal miners face escalating black lung threat

For people who have worked in coal mines in Missouri and across the United States, black lung has always been a significant medical concern. However, at the end of the 20th century, it seemed that the respiratory disease caused by exposure to dust in coal mines was on its way to dying out. New cases had reached an all-time low, and experts reported only 31 cases of the most severe form of the illness. However, nearly two decades into the 21st century, the opposite has happened - new cases of black lung have spiked.

OSHA increases fines for violating crystalline silica standard

Under the revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration fine schedule, construction companies in Missouri and around the country could owe up to $129,336 for exposing their workers to dangerous levels of crystalline silica. OSHA increased the penalties for violating crystalline silica in January. Construction companies will now be required to pay $12,934 for each violation of the silica standard and $12,934 per day until measures are implemented to reduce dust levels. The highest fines are reserved for companies that repeatedly violate the rules.

Federal agencies urged to cooperate on workplace safety issues

According to a recent report, workers in Missouri and around the country would be better protected against workplace accidents if the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety worked together more closely. The report, which contains the findings of a yearlong study, suggests a more coordinated approach to workplace safety regulations and urges the three federal agencies to share information more freely. The findings were contained in a Jan. 9 press release.

GAO reveals hazards faced by meat processing workers

The meat processing industry is full of hazards, so anyone connected to the business in Missouri will want to know that the Government Accountability Office has released a report meat processing. After interviewing 72 workers across five states, the GAO found several common hazards and recurrent injuries.

Reducing blind spots in workplaces

Blind spot accidents are a danger, and not just when driving. Blind spots in work environments, especially those that involve the use of heavy equipment or machinery, can lead to injuries that range from minor to catastrophic. Workers in Missouri may be interested in some information on safety precautions that could be taken to avoid these types of incidents.

OSHA worksheets are a compliance resource

Workers in Missouri and around the country can report serious workplace hazards to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and they can also file complaints with the federal agency if they believe that safety standards are being ignored or skirted by their employers. Safety protocols evolve over time and it can be difficult for employers to keep up as accident investigations and new studies yield fresh approaches. OSHA's Fatal Facts worksheets address this problem by using actual case histories to provide employers and employees with safety tips and regular compliance updates.

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