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June 2018 Archives

Summer heat can be a danger on the job

Many Missouri workers face danger from heat stress in the summer months. There is no formal regulation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that refers to heat stress, but the agency has been conducting an ongoing awareness campaign that aims to reduce the threat of workplace injuries and illnesses caused by hot temperatures. Even in states where regulations exist about temperature control for outdoor workers, those are some of the most frequently violated workplace safety rules.

What to know when applying for SSDI benefits

If you have an injury or medical condition that is so debilitating that it prevents you from securing and maintaining gainful employment, you may be thinking about applying for Social Security disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Reserved for those who have particularly severe, long-term disabilities, SSDI benefits can help those who are unable to make their own living provide for themselves and secure the essentials they need to navigate their day-to-day lives.

Protecting workers from electrocution at work

Missouri residents who work with electricity have been using portable voltmeters for more than 10 years. These devices help electrical workers identify active currents so that they can be turned off. They have helped to substantially reduce the risk of individuals suffering workplace electrocutions.

The hazards of working on a garbage truck

Those who work in the sanitation field in Missouri or elsewhere in the country aren't subject to direct OSHA oversight. However, they will scrutinize employers if complaints are made or a worker dies. To help keep workers safe, the American National Standards Institute has come up with a series of guidelines. For instance, a worker should only ride in the vehicle cab or use steps designed to be stood on.

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