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OSHA updates fall protection rules for general industry

South Carolina workers in construction and other industries have updated rules to follow to prevent falls. The regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration became effective in January 2017, and they describe when fall protection measures need to be used and when they can be deemed unnecessary.

Safety issues at nuclear weapons lab

People in South Carolina may be interested to learn that the laboratory where the atomic bomb was created is facing criticism for safety violations. According to the Center for Public Integrity, Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico has had a number of safety lapses over the years. An independent federal oversight panel has also raised concerns.

Preventing chemical hazards caused by spray paint

South Carolina shipyard workers who are required to spray paint objects as part of their job face serious hazards. Spray paint is not only flammable and poses a fire risk, but the chemicals and toxic substances in the paint and spray mechanism can also cause sickness or death if not used properly, As such, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration provided a fact sheet that could help employers protect workers against the hazards.

Survey finds construction industry lax on safety

According to a recent study by the National Safety Council, nearly 60 percent of those who work in the construction industry said that safety is not considered as important as getting the job completed. In response, the NSC is saying that construction employers in South Carolina and across the nation should renew a commitment to workplace safety.

Poultry workers face high risks on the job

South Carolina residents may understand how difficult it can be to work in a meat processing plant. According to OSHA severe injury data, chicken and meat processing workers were at a high risk of getting hurt on the job. From January 2015 to September 2016, there were 180 severe injuries reported to OSHA from poultry processing companies. That put the poultry industry 12th overall when it came to the number of such injuries.

Safety and robots in the workplace

South Carolina workers, particularly those in the automotive manufacturingindustry, may increasingly work alongside robots. Robots may be found in many other workplaces including hospital operating rooms, restaurants, classrooms and on farms. However, like all machinery, robots may also malfunction, and when they do, a worker may be injured.

OSHA's annual fall prevention event

Falls are a primary cause of fatalities for construction workers around the country, and inadequate fall protection is the violation that is most frequently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In an effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries related to fall, OSHA has launched its annual National Safety Stand-Down Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction. In 2017, the voluntary event will occur May 8-12, and it is intended to spread awareness about falling hazards to employees in South Carolina and other states.

Study reveals sharp rise in grain entrapment cases

Farms in South Carolina and around the country can be dangerous places to work, and grain silos can be just as deadly as harvesting machines or loaders. Researchers from the Purdue University Agricultural Safety and Health Program release an annual survey of injuries and fatalities associated with grain handling and storage, and their report covering 2016 reveals a worryingly sharp increase in the number of farm workers who were killed or seriously injured after being submerged in grain.

OSHA campaign aimed at safer workplaces

South Carolina employees may enjoy safer working conditions due to an initiative by the Occupational Safety and Health Association. OSHA has rolled out a "Safe and Sound Campaign" to encourage companies to review their safety and health programs and take steps to protect workers.

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