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September 2015 Archives

OSHA issues proposed rule about workplace injury reporting

The Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration requires employers in South Carolina and around the country to keep accurate records of their workers' injuries and illnesses. In addition to keeping records, employers must report certain types of work injuries to OSHA in a timely manner. Workplace injuries that involve hospitalizations or amputations must be reported within 24 hours, and workplace fatalities must be reported within eight hours.

Long shifts can adversely affect EMS workers

South Carolina emergency services workers are at a significantly increased risk of work-related illness and injury, according to a 2015 study of the industry. The study analyzed shift schedules for 4,000 employees over the course of three years as well as 950 occupational health records from industry leaders. Researchers found that extended shifts resulted in an elevated risk of injury and posed the potential of reducing EMS workers' ability to function in their high-stress jobs.

Ignition switch recall may help South Carolina motorists

Several drivers who were taken into custody after serious car accidents are having their cases reviewed after a 2014 GM recall. The recall of 2.6 million vehicles for faulty ignition switches may show that the defects may be to blame for malfunctions that led to those crashes. One man who was driving a Chevy Cobalt in a May 2006 accident spent six months in jail on negligent homicide charges.

Hazardous lighting conditions and worker safety

State-of-the-art flashlight technology may change the way South Carolina workers are protected on the job. Construction industry professionals frequently rely on flashlights to maintain safe working conditions, and new technology has given them a wide range of options to choose from. Hand-held flashlights delivering flood light brightness and lights meant for use in hazardous environments provide numerous safety features to workers.

Accident symptoms that may be delayed

Many auto accidents happen every year on South Carolina roads, and in some of them, people may have physical symptoms of injuries that do not show up for several days afterwards. This is fairly common, as people may not initially notice symptoms due to the stress, adrenaline and confusion they feel following an accident's occurrence.

Job risks for electricians

According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, electricians in South Carolina and throughout the country held over 580,000 jobs during 2012. Of that number, nearly 10 percent were self-employed, and over 60 percent were hired by various electrical-related companies.

Uber may help South Carolina residents avoid drunk driving

Although public policy tends to favor taxi companies over ride-sharing services like Uber, ride-sharing could lead to fewer DUI fatalities. According to a study by researchers at Temple University, DUI fatalities were reduced by 3.6 to 5.6 percent in markets served by Uber's basic service, Uber X. Researchers used data from California between the years of 2009 and 2014 to come to this conclusion.

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