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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.

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.

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.

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.

Warehouse accidents and injuries are often preventable

More than 145,000 people work in warehouses in Georgia and around the country according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and figures from the workplace safety agency reveal that they are more likely to be killed while on the job than workers in other industries. Warehouse workers may lose their lives or suffer injuries when forklift trucks are used recklessly or heavy products are stacked precariously, but this kind of accident may be prevented by comprehensive safety training, regular inspections and diligent oversight.

Mental health and risk of work injuries for women

Many women in Georgia will experience depression or anxiety at some point during their lives. New research from the Colorado School of Public Health suggests that women who have experienced depression, anxiety or fatigue may face an increased risk of suffering from work-related injuries.

Injured workers may be entitled to multiple benefit packages

Georgia residents may be able to get both workers' compensation and Social Security Disability benefits at the same time. Workers' compensation programs are run by the state while SSDI is a federal benefit program. As such, there may be different rules as to whether a person qualifies for a particular benefit. It is also important to point out that workers' compensation benefits only apply if a person is hurt while at work.

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.

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