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Fast production in meat plants linked to high worker injury rates

When consumers in South Carolina sit down to a meal of beef or pork, the labor that went into slaughtering and processing the meat is invisible to them. Currently, workplace regulations limit pork plants to processing 1,106 pigs per hour, but government regulators are thinking about removing the speed limit. A representative from the Food Integrity Campaign said that faster line speeds raise the dangers for workers. Substantial dangers already loom large over workers in the meat processing industry. These workers have a threefold chance of serious injuries compared to workers in other industries.

How business owners can keep their workers safe

With tight deadlines and a fast-paced work environment, employers may find it hard to enforce safety guidelines here in South Carolina. This can mean an increase in worker injuries, higher workers' compensation costs, higher medical expenses and a decrease in productivity. If employers show little concern about worker safety, employee morale can decline and the company can become less desirable in the eyes of new job seekers.

Limited experience in fatal coal mining accidents

South Carolina workers might be interested to learn that the total number of coal mining fatalities in 2016 was at an all-time low of eight. As of June 8, 2017, seven coal miners have died in 2017, and almost all of them had under a year of experience at the mine and at the job they were doing. Six of the workers had been at the mine for less than a year. Five of them had been at the particular job they were doing at the time of their death for under a year.

Report indicates insufficient mine safety warning measures

Workers in South Carolina and the rest of the nation have the right to work in safe conditions. According to a recent report issued by the Office of Inspector General, federal mine safety officials are not proficiently addressing worker complaints concerning the dangerous conditions that can cause injuries to mine workers.

Industrial accident in South Carolina kills worker

A Feb. 25 accident in Richland County resulted in the death of a 36-year-old Connecticut man. The individual was working on a tank truck at the time of the incident. As the hydraulic system of the vehicle failed, he was caught between the tank and the bed of the truck.

OSHA cites heater as source of deadly fire

South Carolinians may be interested in a report on a deadly oil rig accident published by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration in June. The original incident took place in December 2014, when an active rig in Coalgate, Oklahoma, caught fire and eventually exploded. According to reports, this incident killed three workers and caused two others to sustain serious burn injuries.

New safety regulations for confined spaces in construction

Many construction workers in South Carolina enter confined spaces while they are working. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, these workers can face many physical and atmospheric hazards as a result. On May 4, the federal agency announced a new safety standard for confined spaces on construction sites.

Steps for South Carolina employers after workplace accidents

Workplace accidents can and do happen even when precautions are taken. While employees can take steps to ensure their own safety, the actions of managers and employers also make a difference. If an accident or injury occurs, there are some steps supervisors should follow.

A look at how to combat construction site trench collapses

South Carolina workers may be interested in some information about safety issues when digging trenches. Failure to adhere to these safety standards could lead to serious consequences.

OSHA fines construction company after 3 suffer injuries

On April 9, it was reported that OSHA officials cited the owner of a home improvement company for multiple violations after three Massachusetts workers were injured when their scaffold platform broke. Officials stated that the accident occurred because the scaffold was made from materials that were not built to hold the employees' weight and were not acceptable for use as a scaffold.

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