Each year, over 300 Americans are killed in home- or work-related ladder accidents. In order to raise awareness about ladder safety in Texas and across the United States, the American Ladder Institute is holding its annual National Ladder Safety Month in March.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 856 workplace fatalities involving contracted workers in 2016. That is about 16.5 percent of all workplace deaths throughout America in that year. A contracted worker is someone who is employed by one company but is controlled by another. Contracted workers may be vulnerable to injury or death because they aren't familiar with their environment and the issues that they could encounter.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing a rule change that would no longer require large employers to electronically submit the private health data of employees. OSHA introduced this proposal at the end of July 2018, and the organization has received thousands of comments about the issue from businesses and advocacy groups throughout Texas and the rest of the country. The rule change specifically affects Forms 300 and 301.
Plumbers, construction workers and utility workers in Texas sometimes need to excavate trenches, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to make sure that employers and workers take the risks seriously. In October, the agency enhanced its National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation to increase resources available to help employers comply with regulations and educate workers.
To protect temporary workers from exploitation and unsafe job sites in Texas, OSHA requires certain requirements to be met. The responsibility of meeting these requirements falls with both the staffing agencies and host employers. First, both sides should know that they have a joint liability to temp workers and that this should be laid out clearly in their contract.
OSHA strives to help both workers and employers in Texas enjoy safe workplaces. Nevertheless, there some work environments where established regulations haven't been implemented or properly followed. In order to shine a spotlight on such issues, OSHA has issued its list of the most common workplace violations found in 2018. Accounting for more than 7,000 citations, fall violations, which often involve contractors working on steep roofs and other high surfaces without protection, once again topped the list.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is releasing new guidelines that could make trenching and excavation work safer for employees in Texas. This National Emphasis Program (NEP) comes as a response to a number of trench-related deaths and accidents in recent years.
Companies in Texas and every other state have an obligation to keep workers safe. However, Amazon was a part of the April 2018 "dirty dozen" list created by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. According to the list, there were seven deaths at Amazon warehouses since 2013, and three of those deaths took place within a five-week period in 2017.
On-the-job hazards come at tree care workers in Texas from all directions. They can get hurt or killed by falling from high places, getting struck by falling limbs, coming in contact with electrical utility wires or encountering problems with chainsaws or wood chippers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not have regulations specifically for tree care workers. They work under rules developed for various occupations like loggers or construction workers. Although OSHA plans to create safety standards for tree workers, employers currently observe a patchwork of OSHA rules, state regulations and Arboricultural Operations--Safety Requirements.
Being struck by objects is one of the four most deadly hazards in the workplace according to OSHA. Struck-by injuries can be caused by a range of objects, including falling, flying, rolling, swinging and slipping objects. Employers and employees in Texas will want to know what OSHA guidelines are regarding the prevention of these injuries.