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April 2017 Archives

The increase in OSHA fine amounts

Employers in South Carolina and the rest of the country can be fined if they fail to adhere to federal workplace standards. After overhauling its penalty structure, the United States Occupation Safety and Health Administration saw the average fine amounts assessed for serious workplace violations increase in 2016.

Mine Safety Health Administration working to make mines safer

While South Carolina contains very few coal reserves, the mining industry can be incredibly dangerous. As such, every person involved in the industry, from workers to CEO's, should be concerned about health and safety to ensure that everyone gets to go home at the end of each workday.

More trucks involved in fatal crashes

According to federal government statistics, there was a significant increase in the number of large trucks involved in deadly crashes in 2015. The 2015 Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicates that 4,050 large trucks, which are those that weigh more than 10,000 pounds, were involved in 3,598 deadly accidents, several of which were in South Carolina. This represents an 8 percent increase over the previous year.

Learning about "Hazards Not Otherwise Classified"

South Carolina employees who are required to work around hazardous materials have likely been trained to read hazard warning labels. Under the revised Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), however, employers are also required to identify hazards that are not necessarily covered by other classes as identified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Dealing with distracted driving

South Carolina motorists should be aware that distracted driving is just as dangerous as driving while drunk and that one-third of drivers engage in unsafe driving behavior. While April is Distracted Driving Month, it is important that people are mindful of the risks of distracted driving throughout the year.

Grain entrapment cases and fatalities increased in 2016

South Carolina residents who work on farms that have grain silos may be interested to learn that, according to an annual survey from Purdue University, grain entrapment cases and fatalities increased in 2016. Grain entrapment incidents occur when a worker is lowered into a grain silo to knock loose grain. If the grain falls on the workers, they could become entrapped and crushed to death.

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