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Workplace Safety Archives

New hard hats may prevent fatal injuries

Texas workers may benefit from new safety helmets that offer better protection in the event of falls. From 2003 to 2010, there were 2,210 fatal traumatic brain injuries resulting from construction industry accidents. Falls were the most common cause of such injuries, and those who were 65 and older had the highest death rates from TBI. Overall, there were 2.6 deaths for every 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.

How to lift safely

According to the National Safety Council, improper lifting accounts for 25 percent of all occupational injuries around the country. Injuries usually consist of sprains and strains that occur mostly in the back, cuts and fractures. While there is no way to completely eliminate injuries related to lifting, there are ways that Texas workers can reduce the likelihood of getting hurt.

What employers should know about safety signs

Texas employers that have not yet adopted the current American National Standards Institute workplace safety poster designs may be unwittingly putting their people in danger. This is because the old signs were written in English only, which means that those who are not fluent in that language may not benefit from them. Furthermore, they only identify what the danger is while neglecting to mention the consequences of such a hazard. These signs also do nothing to help a person avoid the hazard.

Training key to construction safety

The construction industry is set to boom in 2017. While this is good for construction employment in Texas and shows a positive trend in the economy, construction firms must keep a keen eye on the safety of their employees. Construction safety has increased dramatically in the last few decades, but 2015 was still one of the most dangerous years for construction work compared to nearly all other professions, including manufacturing. Professionals specializing in safety report that training and experience of employees are essential.

Solicitor's office voices commitment to employee safety

Texas workers may be interested to learn that the U.S. Department of Labor is fully committed to workplace safety. It accomplishes this through legal actions and by participating in alternative resolution options with employers and developing new regulations that could help keep the workplace safe for both workers and employers.

OSHA says use gates instead of ladders for fall protection

Some Texas workers might not know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has deemed chains unsafe as fall protection for ladders. According to an OSHA rule from 2016, either an offset or a self-closing gate must be used at entrances to ladder holes.

Loading dock safety

People who work on loading docks under certain conditions may be at risk of slipping and falling and incurring serious injuries while performing routine tasks. However, there are certain things Texas workers can do to avoid slips, such as ensuring that each loading dock opening is properly sealed to prevent the infiltration of weather elements.

OSHA pushes to expand definition of work-related hearing loss

If proposed clarifications to rules governing the reporting of work-related hearing loss become effective, more Texas workers might have access to workers' compensation benefits. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed revisions to existing rules that could influence how many people can claim hearing loss as a workplace injury.

Preventing workplace injuries

Many Texans have heard the phrase "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." This simple saying can apply to many contexts, including wearing a seat belt in a moving vehicle, getting regular checkups with a primary care physician and workplace safety matters. Lots of workplace accidents can be prevented by simply placing the proper safety programs in place ahead of time.

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