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What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Herniated discs, which are also sometimes referred to as slipped discs, occur when a crack develops in one of the discs in the spine. Every spine has vertebrae, which are held together by discs that essentially act as shock absorbers. People become more prone to herniated discs as they get older, but they can also occur by repetitive motions placed on the spine over time, such as performing a certain task at a job site for years on end. 

Worker deaths increased in 2016

Georgia employees may be concerned to learn that workplace fatalities increased by 7 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The agency also found that the rate of fatal injuries jumped from 3.4 to 3.6 per 100,000 full-time workers during the same period of time.

White House announces review of coal dust regulation

Georgia residents may be interested to learn that President Trump is considering relaxing regulations that were written to protect miners from coal dust and black lung disease. The Respirable Coal Mine Dust Rule, which was introduced during the Obama administration, requires mine operators to sample air quality more frequently so that miners have more accurate information about coal dust levels. A Dec. 14 statement from the White House indicates that the rule is being reviewed to find out if it can be made less burdensome.

Understanding OSHA reporting rules

As of January 2017, some companies in Georgia and elsewhere have been required to submit injury and illness data electronically to OSHA. In many cases, these and other companies have been required to keep injury and illness records on file before the electronic filing requirement was adopted. However, this rule has been challenged in court since it went into effect. Therefore, businesses may be even more confused as to what their reporting obligations are.

Fall protection tops OSHA's list of safety violations

For the sixth year in a row, fall protection violations were number 1 on OSHA's list of the 10 most common workplace safety violations. The list is a summary of data from fiscal year 2017, which spanned from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. While many other violations are not new to the list, others are, which should be of concern to business owners in Georgia and the rest of the U.S.

Leading workplace safety violations in 2017

Workers in Georgia may be interested in knowing that OSHA has released a list of the top 10 most frequently occurring workplace safety violations for 2017. The most frequently cited workplace safety violations from October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017, were related to the fall protection-general requirements. This has been the leading violation for the past six years.

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