During the Obama administration, a rule was enacted requiring most employers to submit annual electronic reports to the Department of Labor detailing workplace accidents and injuries. Earlier this month, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) struck down that rule. Now, employers must only submit annual summaries of workplace accidents and injuries instead of more comprehensive reports.
You've heard of the dangers of distracted driving. You know that distractions in the workplace can also lead to accidents and serious injuries. Your boss tells you and the other workers to always keep your focus on the task at hand.
A co-worker falls off of an unstable ladder at work and lands on the concrete floor six feet below. It's a relatively short fall and you know they're not in significant danger, but everyone on the floor hears their leg snap as they hit the ground. You run over, knowing they have a broken bone and need assistance.
For workers who have to dig trenches or work inside of them on the job, a collapse is one of their biggest concerns. It can happen in a split-second, and workers can be seriously hurt or killed as they're covered with rock, dirt and debris.
Mining is undoubtedly dangerous work, but some tactics are riskier than others. When you look at stories of previous mine collapses, you can see what methods put miners in harm's way.
Many people assume that you are covered under workers' compensation for injuries in a car accident as long as you are on the clock when the accident occurred. If you get into an accident, you get compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other such costs. It's the same as if you got hurt falling off of a ladder or using power tools.
Three people were hurt in California when a rebar tower apparently collapsed without warning. Reports claim that the tower weighed around 1,000 pounds. While all three people did survive the collapse, the injuries to at least one person are considered critical.
The best workplaces are the safest. Most workers in offices and sites where safety is a major concern know that protection starts with leadership and continues down to everyday actions by everyone on site. Companies with high-risk activities like construction and transportation often have safety officers with executive power to protect their employees.
Electricity is an important part of our everyday lives. It is also incredibly dangerous and can lead to serious injuries or even death if not properly monitored. Electrocution has been deemed as one of the big four construction hazards by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Let's take a look at the most common electrical hazards in the workplace.
Working at a construction site where trenches are present can be incredibly dangerous. Trenches need to be built carefully and then maintained so that workers in and around them do not suffer injuries or even death. When you go to work each day in California with trenches, you need to know how to safely perform your job duties.