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December 2016 Archives

Smartphone technology may prevent injuries in the workplace

South Carolina workers may be pleased to learn that some researchers are turning to smartphone technology to prevent injuries in the manufacturing sector. A professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and his research team has been working on creating a solution that is easy to use and economically feasible for companies.

OSHA clarifies ongoing record-keeping duties

Employers in South Carolina and around the country are required to record work-related injuries and illnesses and keep the records for at least five years. If an employer does not maintain accurate records, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may decide to issue citations to the employer. However, OSHA only has six months to issue a citation after an alleged record-keeping violation occurs.

Truck drivers have higher injury rates than other workers

Truck drivers in South Carolina do one of the nation's most hazardous jobs. In fact, truck drivers sustain almost three times more non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses than the average U.S. worker. A Bureau of Labor Statistics report found that the nonfatal injury and illness rate for truck drivers was 307.5 per 10,000 people in 2015. The nonfatal injury and illness rate for all U.S. workers was 104 per 10,000 in 2015.

Safety regulations for truckers blocked

People who get less sleep might be worse drivers, according to a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The report indicates that drowsy drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash, but rules to keep commercial drivers of large trucks from working while sleepy might not be enacted anytime soon. South Carolina residents may wish to know about the proposed safety rules.

Welding and other hot work raises safety issues for employers

Workers in South Carolina and around the country who perform duties such as welding, brazing, soldering and grinding face a number of particular hazards, but there are steps that their employers can take to reduce the risk of injuries caused by heat or fires. Combustible or flammable materials are especially dangerous to those performing hot work, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends that these duties only be performed in areas that have been designated safe and are well away from known fire hazards.

OSHA issues final rules related to slip and fall safety

South Carolina companies are required to conform to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's rules governing safety in the workplace. On Nov. 17, 2016, the agency published an update to its regulations covering walking and working surfaces and fall protection. It has estimated that the final rule, which for the most part will go into effect in January 2017, could prevent nearly 30 fatalities each year.

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