Workplaces in Texas and around the country are getting safer. According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released on Oct. 27, the annual number of work-related injuries and illnesses in the United States has been declining for the past 13 years. In 2015, there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal work-related illnesses and injuries reported, or three cases for every 100 full-time employees.
Landscape workers in Texas and around the country face many occupational hazards while they remove dead trees and trim branches from live ones. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a list of tips for staying safe while doing tree work. According to OSHA, some of the most dangerous hazards faced by tree workers are bad weather, power lines and lack of training with power tools.
Texas workers may wonder about the cost of workers' compensation to employers versus the benefits received by people who are injured on the job. A study conducted by the National Academy of Social Insurance states that employee benefits changed between 2010 and 2014 due to various factors.
To comply with new injury reporting standards imposed by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, employers in Texas are obligated to report serious work-related injuries to OSHA within 24 hours. Employers must communicate with OSHA about any workplace injuries that result in amputation, in-patient hospitalization or eye loss. The new reporting standards became effective in January 2015.
With the expansion of a variety of Texas businesses, safety issues also grow and need to be addressed by both employers and their employees. Here are several ways business owners and their workers can build a safer work environment.
Texas employees who are injured on the job may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. The process, however, can be confusing for some.
While many companies focus on successful planning, hiring the right employees, and offering competitive services or goods, they should also include workplace safety as a key to success. While most business operators are required by law to carry workers' compensation, they are also obliged to provide their employees with a safe work environment. Here are several tips to achieving that end.
Welders in Texas workplaces may consider the risk of fire to be the most hazardous aspect of their jobs, but the toxic fumes produced by either pressure or fusion welding could be just as dangerous in the long term, according to information from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The fumes produced by welding equipment often contain traces of dangerous metals such as arsenic, lead and beryllium as well as toxic gases like carbon monoxide and hydrogen fluoride.
Many Texas residents would be surprised to learn that nurses incur a higher rate of on-the-job injuries each year than law enforcement officers, miners or construction workers. While the injuries suffered by nurses are rarely life-threatening, they can be painful and slow to heal. The American health care industry employs over 18 million people and is the nation's fastest growing sector, and many of its workers must cope daily with emotional stress, the cumulative toll of physically demanding tasks and even threats of physical violence.
Each year in Texas, many people are injured while at their jobs. Most people go to work believing that they will not be harmed while there, but injuries are quite common and can happen in a variety of different work settings.