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March 2017 Archives

Annual CVSA event and cargo securement

The regular inspection of commercial trucks is necessary to ensuring that they are safe while they are being operated on the road. During June 6-8, 2017, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be conducting its annual inspection blitz in South Carolina and the rest of the United States. For this year, the focus of the inspection event will be securing cargo.

New OSHA program designed to protect South Carolina employees

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a new campaign designed to reduce the risk of death and injury to workers while on the job. The Safe and Sound Program urges employers to review their safety and health programs with a focus on improving an organization's ability to reduce the risk of job hazards by identifying and controlling them.

Agency pledges to help make workplaces safer

South Carolina employees who have experienced working in dangerous work environments or with employers who violate workplace safety provisions may be interested to learn that the U.S. Department of Labor has pledged to promote high-quality work environments. According to an attorney there, the goal is to keep workplaces safe through litigation and dispute resolution activities.

Preventing workplace eye injuries in South Carolina

Every year, eye injuries that occur in the workplace cost more than $300 million in treatment, decreased productivity and compensation. This is not surprising since there are about 2,000 workers who require medical treatments for eye injuries every day. However, about 90 percent of these injuries could be avoided if workers wear the appropriate eye protection.

When employers can be held liable for a worker's death

With more than 400,000 occupational fatalities that have occurred in South Carolina and throughout the country since 1970, it is rare that employers have been held criminally liable for an employee's death. However, when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration adopted the OSH Act in 1970, 88 employers since that time up to 2015 have been criminally prosecuted.

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