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Companies ready for increased rule enforcement

South Carolina residents who cut concrete or saw bricks may come into contact with a substance called crystalline silica. Too much exposure to the substance can cause several health hazards such as lung cancer or silicosis. Over time, it may also lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or problems breathing in general.

Fatigue emerges as safety threat for EMS workers

Emergency medical service workers in South Carolina are a common sight at accident scenes. As one might imagine, they must often endure stressful working conditions. A partnership between a university research hospital and the National Association of State EMS Officials has sounded the alarm about the effects of fatigue on EMS workers. Exhaustion could lead to mistakes while driving ambulances or have a negative impact on patient care.

Fewer OSHA inspectors on staff than 1 year ago

The chance that safety inspectors might visit a workplace in South Carolina is probably lower than a year ago. Since President Obama left office, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration staff has lost 40 inspectors. An investigation of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by a major news network attributed the staff departures to layoffs.

Coal mining deaths nearly double in 2017

After seeing a record low of eight deaths in 2016, the U.S. coal mining industry has witnessed a dramatic rise in 2017. In that year, there were 15 deaths, with eight occurring in West Virginia, two in Kentucky, and one each in Alabama, Colorado, Montana, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming. South Carolina has insignificant coal reserves.

OSHA and NAWIC alliance is renewed

Women who work in the construction industry in South Carolina may benefit from the renewed alliance between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Association of Women in Construction. The five-year association will address workplace hazards that concern women working in the construction industry. These hazards include sanitation, the selection of personal protective equipment, and workplace violence and intimidation.

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.

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