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June 2016 Archives

Keeping an eye on the weather

Heat and lightning are two hazards that South Carolina employers as well as their employees need to be aware of during the summer months. Hot and humid weather tends to have adverse effects on those who aren't used to working in such weather or aren't given enough resources to protect against the elements. Employers can help workers stay safe by making sure that they have a chance to rest in the shade and have plenty of water handy.

Taking a more proactive approach to workplace safety

Employers in South Carolina and around the country are likely aware that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration introduced a rule on May 11 to modernize the way that workplace injury data is collected. While safety advocates have generally welcomed the new rule, many of them point out that the best way to improve on-the-job safety is to encourage both employers and workers to take a more proactive approach.

Tips on how nurses can be safer on the job

Nurses in South Carolina work for the health of their patients. However, these workers may want to consider their own safety while on the job. Some of the biggest risks for health care workers are sharps-related injuries, workplace violence and contact with allergens and toxic substances.

Department of Labor proposes stricter mining safety standards

Safety advocacy groups in South Carolina were likely pleased on June 7 when the Labor Department proposed tougher inspection and reporting standards for the mining industry. According to data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, more than 60 percent of the 122 mineworkers killed while on the job between 2010 and 2015 lost their lives in accidents connected with violations of safety regulations.

A fall in opioid prescriptions to injured workers

Research conducted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute has found that the prescription of opioid painkillers like fentanyl, oxycodone and hydrocodone to workers' compensation claimants fell sharply between March 2012 and March 2014. South Carolina was one of 25 states studied by the Massachusetts-based nonprofit group, and opioid prescriptions to injured workers in the Palmetto State fell about 15 percent during the period reviewed. An increase in opioid prescriptions was only seen in Virginia, Missouri, Iowa and Wisconsin. The largest fall in opiod prescriptions was observed in Michigan.

Deaths and injuries from car crashes up in South Carolina

The past few years saw a decline in the number of driving deaths, but the number of fatal car accidents rose significantly in the first six months of last year. According to data from the National Safety Council, the number of car crashes, crashes involving significant injuries and crashes resulting in deaths in the first six months of 2015 increased compared to the first six months of 2014.

Injuries, deaths in meat and poultry industries underreported

People in South Carolina who work in the meat and poultry industry may face a number of safety hazards in the workplace, and deaths and injuries may be underreported. The Government Accountability Office criticized safety standards in the industry in 2005 and in an updated report has said that injuries and deaths are still too common. Between 2004 and 2013, 151 workers in the industry died from work-related injuries.

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