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OSHA workplace safety staffing decreases in Trump's first year

The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration may have a tougher job monitoring workplace safety in Texas due to a reported 4 percent decline in the number of OSHA inspectors across the country. Data reported from the Office of Personnel Management showed that the first year of the Trump Administration has seen a loss of 40 inspectors to attrition, who have not yet been replaced. OSHA's total health and safety inspection force was 1,000 workers strong as of 2016.

Plant shutdowns may require special worker training

Scheduled plant shutdowns provide Texas companies with opportunities to perform preventative maintenance and improve work processes. Shutdowns may in some cases increase plant productivity rates and lessen production downtime. Businesses that properly prepare for scheduled shutdowns are more effective at keeping projects moving and preventing workplace injuries. However, operators and management should be aware of some safety concerns unique to plant shutdown tasks.

Workplace safety at gig economy jobs

Workplace safety is important to the Texas workforce, including those who find themselves as part of the gig economy. The term "gig economy" is a broad term encompassing employment for an individual who is paid by the job they do as opposed to an hourly wage or yearly salary. These jobs can be performed online or in person.

How floor mats keep workers safe

The use of a mat may make it easier for Texas employers to keep their workers safe. One of the biggest benefits of mats is that they reduce the odds that someone may slip or trip while working. These types of accidents are among the most common in the workplace, and they cost companies $2.35 billion by themselves annually.

Protecting workers from arc flash explosions

It is important that Texas workers who are supposed to wear protective clothing for safety on the job do so at all times. In 2011, one electrician was severely injured when he worked without an arc flash suit. While doing a simple job, he encountered a problem. Since there was no main breaker, he had a choice between calling the power company with only half an hour left in his day or risking injury. The man chose to work on the unit without having the power shut off, and he was severely burned in an arc flash explosion.

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.

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