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February 2017 Archives

Employers are required to report workplace injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) released final rules that now requires employers to report injuries and illnesses that they record electronically. Why did OSHA promulgate this new rule? The goal is to harness the benefits of “Big Data.” “Big Data” is all the rage in modern business analytics and OSHA is trying to utilize this information to improve worker safety.

Study finds American workers are not prepared for emergencies

No one likes to think about situations in which they or a loved one could be injured. But the best way to avoid injuries is to anticipate them. Sticking your head in the sand and refusing to prepare is one of the best ways to incur a serious injury. This is why companies that work with dangerous materials run regular safety drills to ensure that their workers know how to respond to an emergency.

Traumatic brain injuries and falls

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are severe head injuries that result in significant damage to the brain. TBIs can often cause nausea, dizziness, confusion, reduced mental faculties, and migraines. These symptoms can last for months or years after an accident. In fact, it isn't unheard of for some victims to experience these symptoms for the remainder of their life. This post will go over TBIs and how you can sustain them from something as innocuous as a fall.

Alcoa Aluminum: a study in safety

Alcoa Aluminum is one of the safest companies in America. It is also one of the most dangerous companies, its employee regularly deal with machines that can tear workers apart, crush them, or severely burn them with molten aluminum. In 1987, Alcoa appointed a new CEO who trumpeted a new plan, worker safety. Paul O'Neill transformed heavy manufacturing by turning Alcoa, a relic from the industrial revolution, into a profitable and safe corporation. This post will go over the changes at Alcoa and how it improved safety.

An overview of construction site safety resources

Construction sites are dangerous places to work. As such, the federal government offers a variety of agencies to oversee safety and provide training. This post will go over a few of the safety programs and agencies that can assist you in creating a safer workplace.

Can hospital staff sue hospitals for contracting an illness?

It seems an interesting question, wouldn’t getting sick seem like an inevitable part of the job? To some extent, yes, people do assume the risk of getting sick when they work in a hospital. But, like all things, it depends on the situation. Here, a nurse successful settled for money damages after she sued her hospital because she contracted Ebola. This post will go over the claim and how it relates to you.

OSHA investigates rampant abuse at chicken farm

Worker abuse and injuries occur in more places than industrial plants and construction sites. Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Farm Fresh Foods $30,000 for violating worker safety violation standards. This post will go over the extent of the safety violations and how workers were harmed by their employers.

Cutting costs reduced operational safety at U.S. Steel

U.S. Steel is a legacy company that most people would not associate with safety. And, unfortunately, most people would be right. According to a study by Axiom Capital Management, U.S. Steel's relentless cost-cutting program has undercut efficiency and safety. This post will go over those cost-cutting measures and how they impact safety.

Mining deaths drops to new low

Mining safety has come a long way. Before the advent of modern worker safety in the 1960s and 70s, miners were routinely killed in collapses, explosions, and gas leaks. Each mine was responsible for its safety; the result was a patchwork of safety procedures that failed to permeate the throughout the industry. Once the federal government got involved and began disseminating best practices and instilling safety standards, mining deaths have significantly reduced.

Winter Driving Safety

It's winter, and that means the roads are surely going to be covered in snow and ice. Driving at this time of year can be hazardous, so you need to know what to do if something goes wrong out there.

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