Those who work in Texas may be interested to know that although job injuries are often caused by accidents, such events aren't beyond business owners' abilities to control. Experts suggest numerous methods that can potentially contribute to safer working conditions. They also say companies that use such accident prevention techniques ultimately reduce the financial burdens associated with employee medical care.
Many Texans have jobs on construction sites that involve trenching and excavation. It is important that both employees and their employers understand the risks of working in trenches and take steps to minimize the dangers.
Many Texans are injured on the job each year, and some of them will be left either partially or totally disabled as a result. A new study shows that musculoskeletal injuries caused by overexertion are a leading cause of disabling workplace injuries.
Texas businesses have a responsibility to protect customers and employees from unsafe environments all year, but there are certain workplace hazards that are specific to the winter. It is essential to maintain a focus on workplace safety even as the holidays result in a large increase in customer traffic. Many retail businesses see a spike in sales in the fourth quarter, which can result in hazardous shop floors for customers. Warehouses also face a significant upturn in demands, which often result in pallet-racking systems that are too full for safe use.
In 2013, 20 percent of all worker deaths across the United States occurred in the construction industry, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Many of these deaths involved contract workers, and it is important to understand that OSHA regulations hold both primary contractors and subcontractors responsible for any safety violations that lead to a worker's injury or death. In fact, in addition to documenting the deaths of contract workers each month, the agency often publishes the citations and fines employers were issued for worker injuries, deaths or endangerments.
Texas construction workers might not think about workplace injuries if they experience cold hands. However, numbness and tingling might cause them to wonder about carpal tunnel syndrome. Although carpal tunnel issues can be debilitating and can result from work-related activities, there are other possible diagnoses for hand problems. One of the most common disorders arising from construction and manufacturing work is actually believed to be under-reported because of its similarities to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Attention to safety can help warehouse owners avoid the costs that are attendant to non-compliance. Warehouse accidents injure many employees in Texas every year, and many of these incidents lead to workers' compensation claims. Workplace accidents can also lead to fines levied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, especially for repeat offenders.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has recently published its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, and the data reveals that there were 4,679 work-related fatalities in 2014 across the country. This is 2 percent more than the 4.585 fatalities reported the previous year. Workers in Texas might want to learn of the occupations in which most deaths occur from work-related injuries.
Emergency services employees in Texas and around the country who work shifts longer that 12 hours are 60 percent more likely to experience illness and injury, according to a recent study. The researchers examined 1 million schedules of 4,000 EMS workers over a three-year period as well as 950 health records from 14 large EMS agencies. The findings showed a significant correlation between extended shift hours and a risk to employee health.
Texas residents who work in industries that are at serious risk for amputations should be aware that OSHA has updated the National Emphasis Program on this type of workplace injury. Therevisions include amputation policies and procedures for carrying out the program. Workers who working in sawmills, food manufacturing, meat process and retail and commercial bakeries are specifically at risk.