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Workplace injury and illness rate is declining

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.

OSHA safety tips for tree workers

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.

The costs of injuries in the workplace

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.

OSHA analyzes first year of injury reporting program

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.

Maintaining occupational safety in Texas

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.

Welkding fumes contain metals and toxic gases

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.

The hazards faced by health care workers

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.

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