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November 2015 Archives

Fall protection shortcomings contribute to deadly fall

One of the leading causes of workplace death in construction is falls, and South Carolina employees need to be aware of safety standards related to working in elevated settings. Nationally, fall-related deaths have increased every year since 2011. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that approximately 40 percent of construction deaths in 2014 were attributed to falls. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is responsible for establishing and overseeing standards for safety in various work environments, and when an employer violates those standards, OSHA may impose sanctions in the form of monetary penalties. However, this does not always result in improved safety on the job.

Reporting responsibilities for temporary worker injuries

A South Carolina employer might use a temporary employment agency to fill a position during an employee's extended leave. An employer might also work with a temp agency to accomplish a major project. Staffing agencies can provide sensible solutions in various situations, but there can be some confusion when workers are affected by injuries on the job or work-related illnesses. For OSHA purposes, only one party should report injuries and illnesses.

Keeping motorcycle tires road worthy

South Carolina motorcyclists should check their vehicle's tires for safety on a regular basis. There are several areas on which to focus when inspecting the tires. Proper motorcycle safety includes checking tire wear, tire pressure, proper storage, purchasing the correct tires when they are worn and riding safely on the road.

South Carolina inpatient facilities and OSHA guidelines

South Carolina inpatient workers may benefit from stricter OSHA guidelines regarding the investigation of inpatient care and nursing home facilities. Until a 2015 announcement by th Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, the federal agency did not focus on such facilities. Those workplaces with a high incidents of work-related injuries and illnesses will face the greatest risk of being investigated.

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