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Poultry processing is a hazardous job

South Carolina poultry processing workers may be in one of the most hazardous occupations according to a report from the National Employment Law Project. Between January 2015 and September 2016, OSHA received reports on 180 severe injuries in poultry processing plants. This places poultry processing in 12th place in the country for reports for severe injuries.

Updated silica regulation could improve workplace safety

Some granular absorbents used in South Carolina workplaces may jeopardize employee health. To improve worker safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a final rule concerning respirable crystalline silica. According to OSHA, the use of safer, more natural alternative materials could mitigate the danger posed by absorbents that contain silica. Such materials could also reduce or potentially eliminate damage to the physical environs that is sometimes caused by more abrasive components.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The use of gates for ladder fall protection

Using gates with ladders may provide better fall protection than using chains. The incorrect use of chains as protection on ladders can result in hazardous situations. South Carolina workers who routinely use ladders to perform their tasks should be aware of how to properly secure them to prevent falls.

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