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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.

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.

Wearable bands for workers may improve safety

Employers in Missouri, regardless of the industry they're in, should be proactive in addressing workplace hazards. Workplace accidents cost U.S. companies and insurers hundreds of billions of dollars in annual workers' compensation claims. Worldwide, roughly 500 workplace injuries occur every minute.

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.

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