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Trump victory could impact workers' compensation

Workers' compensation programs in South Carolina and across the country and the efforts of federal agencies that deal with workplace safety issues could be greatly influenced by the election of Donald Trump. Cutting red tape and eliminating bureaucratic hurdles for American businesses was a major plank in Trump's campaign platform, and this could prevent the U.S. Department of Labor from following through on its call to bring consistency to the nation's workers' compensation programs by introducing minimum nationwide standards.

Suspension trauma from fall arrest equipment

South Carolina workers who rely on their fall arrest personal protective equipment to keep them safe when they are working at great heights may be confident that their equipment will save them if they should fall. However, there still are some hazards that must be considered for the safety of employees.

Truck drivers have higher injury rates than other workers

Truck drivers in South Carolina do one of the nation's most hazardous jobs. In fact, truck drivers sustain almost three times more non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses than the average U.S. worker. A Bureau of Labor Statistics report found that the nonfatal injury and illness rate for truck drivers was 307.5 per 10,000 people in 2015. The nonfatal injury and illness rate for all U.S. workers was 104 per 10,000 in 2015.

Welding and other hot work raises safety issues for employers

Workers in South Carolina and around the country who perform duties such as welding, brazing, soldering and grinding face a number of particular hazards, but there are steps that their employers can take to reduce the risk of injuries caused by heat or fires. Combustible or flammable materials are especially dangerous to those performing hot work, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends that these duties only be performed in areas that have been designated safe and are well away from known fire hazards.

OSHA issues final rules related to slip and fall safety

South Carolina companies are required to conform to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's rules governing safety in the workplace. On Nov. 17, 2016, the agency published an update to its regulations covering walking and working surfaces and fall protection. It has estimated that the final rule, which for the most part will go into effect in January 2017, could prevent nearly 30 fatalities each year.

Improving workplace safety

The funding for the Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing at Harvard T.H. Chan School was recently renewed with a $6.5 million grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. South Carolina employers and employees may be interested to learn how the center is working to discover new ways to tackle the issues that affect workplace safety and health.

How digital technology makes workplaces safer

Many South Carolina employees may be working in safer environments than their counterparts in the past could have dreamed of. That is in part due to technology. The digital age not only makes things more convenient, it can increase safety with technology that can reduce many on-the-job safety risks in various industries.

Workplace dangers in healthcare professions

Although each state's workplace safety statistics can be affected by the prevalent industries in the area, South Carolina workers and employers can benefit from an awareness of national trends. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those working in nursing homes and hospitals face particularly high safety risks on the job. Construction is another area with high injury rates in the private sector.

Safety issues at construction sites

South Carolina workers who are in the construction industry likely know that theirs is one of the more dangerous occupations. Accidents are unfortunately all too common, and statistics show that 20 percent of all workplace fatalities take place on construction sites. Employers are required to provide notice to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration when accidents occur on the job, and thus the federal agency has data that breaks down the types of incidents that occur.

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