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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.

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.

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.

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.

What employers think about workplace safety plans

Employers in Georgia and throughout the country may have safety plans that don't necessarily align with employee needs. This was one of the takeaways from a Rave Mobile Safety study of 530 workers. Of those who responded to the survey, only 37 percent said that their company has a mass text message system in place if there is an emergency situation. In most cases, only those who work on remote job sites receive alerts by text.

EMS worker safety the focus of new guidelines

Paramedics are prone to work-related fatigue, which in turn makes them vulnerable to accidents. Research shows that half of EMS workers get less than six hours of sleep a day, while more than half report low sleep quality and poor recovery between shifts. EMS workers in Georgia and across the nation will be pleased to know, then, that guidelines are being created to address this issue.

Pump usage in gas monitoring can protect worker safety

People in professions where electronic gas detectors are an important part of ensuring a safe environment often use those devices accompanied by pumps. The decision to use a pumped or unpumped monitor can have a serious effect on workplace safety. Using a pump on a gas monitor can boost the safety of tasks that involve the detection of toxic or flammable gases. The use of a pump allows a worker to collect air from the environment and bring it to the gas monitor location, rather than having to enter an unknown and potentially dangerous atmosphere in order to assess it.

The number of OSHA inspectors has decreased in recent months

Over the course of the last three months, the total number of workplace safety inspectors with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has declined sharply. According to data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, OSHA has lost over 40 inspectors due to normal attrition in the last few months. However, the federal government has not moved to fill any of these vacancies since October 2, 2017. This decline has accounted for a 4 percent drop in the total number of OSHA inspectors.

Multiple hazards impact meat and poultry processing workers

All agricultural jobs in Georgia include safety dangers, but a report from the Government Accountability Office highlights the numerous problems that confront workers in meat and poultry processing plants. Knives and hand saws result in cuts and sometimes amputations. Exposure to peracetic acid that is sprayed on meat to kill germs causes respiratory illnesses.

Court tosses objections to OSHA rule

Workers in Georgia who are concerned about workplace safety may be interested in the recent ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The court threw out industry challenges to the rule and asked the agency to explain why medical removal provisions were not included.

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