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STEP program could lead to huge decrease in job site injuries

According to a report on the construction industry in 2018, proactive measures at Georgia construction sites could increase work safety by an incredible 670 percent. According to the Associated Builders and Contractors, which authored the study, this would work to out an 85 percent reduction in safety incidents.

The association says that proactive measures such as additional screening and training for newly hired workers can lead to a major downturn in workplace injuries. Some of the suggested programs include substance abuse screening and new-hire orientations. The Associated Builders and Contractors use these ideas in their program, known as the Safety Performance Evaluation Process. The other STEP indicators include holding site-specific safety inspections and toolbox talks. Furthermore, the STEP program suggests analyzing not only injury statistics but also statistics on the close calls as well.

Workplace safety training for grain storage workers

Georgia residents who work in or near grain storage should be aware of the risk of suffocation. This applies to storage facilities in both commercial and on-farm grain operations. The most important factor in safety for anyone who works around stored grain is training.

The National Grain and Feed Association, the American Feed Industry Association, the Grain Elevator and Processing Society and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a new campaign to help bring awareness to suffocation dangers and to prevent the deadly incidents from occurring. From April 9 to 13, the organizations participated in Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention Awareness Week in order to enhance prevent fatalities, enhance worker protection and lower the number injuries that occur as a result of grain engulfment incidences.

Radiologists face increase in neck and back injuries

Reports of pain in the lower back and neck are becoming more common among a large number of America's radiologists, according to a recent report. Many of these radiologists across Georgia and the United States believe that the increase in pain is due to the heavy use of Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, also known as PACS.

According to the workplace survey commissioned by the American College of Radiology, nearly one out of every three radiologists report lower back or neck pain. These findings represent an increase from years past. Some experts believe that heavy reliance on PACS is partly to blame.

Machinery can lead to workplace injuries

Machinery can pose a danger to workers on the job in Georgia, especially when moving parts are unguarded and left without protections. "Pinch point" is a term that is used to describe a particularly dangerous part of a machine, any section that could catch a person or a body part enough to cause injury.

Pinch points could catch people or parts of workers' bodies between moving parts, between materials and the machine or between moving and stationary parts of the machine. Various types of machines have different pinch points that could cause severe injuries, including conveyor belts, construction equipment, rollers, robots, assembly equipment, plastic and metal molding and forming machines, power doors and other types of automated equipment.

Can meditation help with chronic pain?

Sustaining an injury at work can come with numerous lifelong consequences. You may lose your job, have to find employment that accommodates your injury or not be able to work again at all. The ensuing lost wages and medical expenses hurt your finances. Perhaps most challenging is the continuous physical suffering you experience.

You may have tried multiple treatments and medications to ease chronic pain. Whether or not they have proved beneficial, there is something else you should try: mindfulness. Recent scientific studies have found that this type of meditation is very effective at managing pain.

Construction trench deaths have doubled

Trenches are a necessary but dangerous element for many types of construction. Occupational Safety and Health Administration numbers show that trench deaths more than doubled in 2016. Sadly, trench accidents are largely preventable if job site supervisors require strict adherence to safety regulations. A cubic yard of soil can weigh up to 3,000 pounds, so ignoring trench safety procedures can bring about quick and deadly consequences. For 2018, OSHA has designated improving trench safety a national priority.

OSHA and construction professionals agree that among the factors behind the increase in excavation-related deaths are time pressures and a general disregard for safety protocols that are intended to save lives. Putting profits ahead of worker safety along is the most nefarious reason but reportedly also contributing to the rise in trench fatalities are a lack of training and simple laziness prompting workers to cut corners on job sites. OSHA defines a trench as being deeper than it is wide with its width being no more than 15 feet.

OSHA alliance with entertainment industry to continue

Workers in Georgia who are part of the entertainment industry should be aware that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed an alliance with two entertainment industry organizations for an additional five years. Along with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada, OSHA will take steps to protect the health and safety of entertainment industry workers.

The IATSE is a labor union that advocates on behalf of craftspersons, technicians and artisans who work in various aspects of the entertainment industry, such as television broadcasting and live theater. The USITT provides networking and development opportunities to its members.

Anchor points protect workers' safety at heights

Workers in Georgia operating at heights are frequently at risk on the job due to the dangers of falls at industrial sites, construction zones and other properties. There are a number of federal requirements that exist to help prevent dangerous accidents on the job, including regulations for the strength of anchor points used to keep workers and their fall arrest equipment firmly affixed to a protective location.

Many people believe that federal safety regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration require all anchor points to support 5,000 pounds of weight per person attached. However, this is not a precise interpretation of the rule and could lead to the exclusion of useful and important points as part of a fall prevention system. In fact, an anchor point should be able to support either 5,000 pounds per person or twice the amount of force incurred when a worker falls.

Former OSHA head urges focus on enforcement

Workers in Georgia are frequently at risk of suffering injuries on the job due to dangerous conditions or the nature of certain industries. Government regulations exist in order to protect workers from unnecessary injuries at the workplace. In fact, the former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration told the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections that non compulsory employer programs have only limited benefits for worker safety.

On the other hand, he argued that strong protective standards, regulations and enforcement are absolutely necessary to protect workers from injuries on the job. He argued that compliance assistance programs are helpful to employers who are already interested in safety. When employers neglect to put safety first, enforcement is critical. He also noted that standards impact many employers at the same time and help to set clear frameworks to stop injuries from happening. However, many voluntary programs focus only on an individual employer and thus do not have an industry-wide effect.

Can yoga help with back pain?

If you sustain a back injury while on the job, whether from a single incident or from repetitive motions over time, then you want to follow the precise instructions of your doctor. Following these orders increases the chances of having a smoother workers' comp claim.

There are other steps you can take on your own to find relief. Research suggests yoga can be particularly beneficial for back pain. You do not even have to join a gym. Many stretches you can do from the comfort of your own home. 

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