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.
Ashley Furniture, which has several locations in Texas, is facing dozens of workplace safety violations from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. According to OSHA, workers at an Ashley factory in Wisconsin suffered over 1,000 injuries at work since 2012. The company was fined $1.8 million for 38 workplace safety violations.
In his lawsuit filed in Galveston County District Court, a Santa Fe man alleges that his employer, Diamond Hydraulics Inc. of Hitchcock, did not want him to make a workers' compensation claim for his workplace injury. Now he is suing for over $1 million dollars to cover physical pain, disfigurement, lost wages and inability to earn income along with interest and legal fees. The lawsuit accuses his employer of violating employment law, retaliation and deceptive actions.
Earlier this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a report on the financial toll of workplace injuries. It notes that job-related injuries and illnesses cost billions of dollars every year. Despite the availability of workers' compensation, injured workers and their families still end up shouldering approximately half of these costs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 13 million workers in the United States may be exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin, putting them at risk for occupational skin diseases. While workplaces normally focus on preventing damage that can be caused by inhalation of potentially hazardous substances, not nearly as much as done to prevent people from skin exposure.
Many of the trades employed at a construction site require specialized training and experience. That training and experience enable you to perform your tasks in an efficient and safe manner.
Texas is the only state in the union that does not require employers to carry workers' compensation insurance. During a legislative hearing, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) reported that approximately 500,000 Texas workers have no insurance coverage for occupational injuries.