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Potential financial ramifications of chemical exposure

South Carolina residents who work in plastic manufacturing plants might be exposed to dyes, lubricants and flame retardants among other liquids. They may also be exposed to acetone or other chemicals that are used in machining or to add gloss to 3D printed parts. There are many dangers that workers may face such as explosions, exposure to vapors and skin issues if they make contact with these materials.

Mitigating risk posed by hot work

Defined as an activity that produces sparks, flames or heat, hot work carries inherent risks that could lead to injury or death in some situations. South Carolina employees who are required to perform hot work may want to be aware of some of the most significant hazards and take steps to mitigate the possibility of adverse results.

Workplace Injuries related to cured-in-place pipe repairs

While the cured-in-place repair process is a conventional procedure to fix water pipes in South Carolina and across the U.S., a new study says that it may not be safe for workers. Authors of the study, which was conducted through Purdue University, claim that the process should get re-evaluated due to its potential to release of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.

Construction site accidents can be deadly

Construction workers in South Carolina may be at a greater risk of dying or being injured in an accident in which they are struck by an object, equipment or vehicle than workers in other industries. These were the findings of the Center for Construction Research and Training. The organization looked at injuries and deaths from 2011 to 2015 and found that there were in excess of 800 fatalities in accidents involving a worker being struck. Moreover, construction workers were almost two times more likely to be injured in such an accident than workers across all other industries put together.

Annual safety program for miners is re-launched

South Carolina mine workers may be interested to know that the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is restarting its Preventive Roof/Rib Outreach Program. PROP is an annual event intended to inform mine operators and coal miners about the causes of roof and rib falls.

Nuclear lab's safety record facing criticism

South Carolina workers employed in hazardous jobs may be interested to learn that the safety record at the lab that created the atomic bomb has been facing criticism. According to the Center for Public Integrity, numerous internal reports show that federal regulators have had concerns regarding safety lapses over the last couple of years. Incidents include spilled plutonium and employees positioning plutonium rods in an unsafe way.

Dental practices and OSHA bloodborne exposure standards

Some employees of South Carolina dental practices may be at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. An advocacy group known as the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention along with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health carried out a survey of 1,059 people who worked for private dental practices around the country to find out if standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were being used. Among those surveyed were dental hygienists, dentists and other staff.

What to know about combustible dust

South Carolina workers may not realize the danger that combustible dust may pose in the workplace. According to data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System, there were 500 combustible dust fires in 2011 alone. The fires impacted companies across a variety of sectors, and many were labeled as "near misses", which means that the organizations impacted got lucky in avoiding catastrophe.

The dangers of power lines at work sites

South Carolina workers who are driving a tractor-trailer near surface power lines can take steps to increase their safety. In one instance, a tractor-trailer made contact with an overhead ground wire, and while there was damage, no one was injured. However, the Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a "close call alert" and a list of best practices for working near power lines. According to the agency, the truck did not allow sufficient clearance from the power line.

Poultry processing is a hazardous job

South Carolina poultry processing workers may be in one of the most hazardous occupations according to a report from the National Employment Law Project. Between January 2015 and September 2016, OSHA received reports on 180 severe injuries in poultry processing plants. This places poultry processing in 12th place in the country for reports for severe injuries.

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