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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.

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.

Avoiding blind spot accidents in the workplace

In Georgia and across the US, managers of warehouses and loading docks have begun to express concern over the inadequacy of various safety measures, especially those meant to prevent blind-spot collisions. For example, many workplaces are outfitted with one-size-fits-all convex mirrors without any regard to the environment, the number of intersections, traffic flow and other unique factors.

Preventing falls in the workplace

All Georgia employers are required to keep the workplace as safe as possible for employees. This also includes providing proper training for workers and the proper equipment for them to be able to complete the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also helps employers ensure that the workplace is safe by providing advice on how to prevent potentially fatal incidents.

Being proactive with workplace accidents

Georgia workers regardless of their occupation may be interested in learning more about preventing injuries in the workplace. In the past, companies have often investigated only those injuries that have actually taken place in their efforts to increase safety. However, a new paradigm suggests it may be better to proactively investigate even potential incidents that nevertheless may have been very serious if they had actually occurred.

The danger of water pipe repairs

Georgia workers who routinely work with water pipes should know that researchers at Purdue University believe that a commonly used method to repair water pipes is not as safe as originally believed. According to the researchers, the cured-in-place pipe repair method releases dangerous chemicals in the air that can harm not only workers but also the general public and the environment.

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