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Research looks at ways to reduce trucker shoulder injuries

Truck drivers in Georgia who are vulnerable to shoulder injuries may face substantial risks during cranking. This is a relatively common task that involves raising and lowering landing gears. According to researchers from North Carolina State University and the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, how the driver stands when cranking a trailer can affect how much strain is placed on shoulder muscles.

Oil industry can be dangerous for workers

For workers in Georgia and across the country, jobs in the oil and gas industry can pay well and make use of their skills. However, they can also pose a threat of serious accidents and injuries. Even workers who pay close attention to safety rules may be at risk due to shoddy equipment, shifting weather or the inherent danger of oil and gas extraction. Drilling for oil is dangerous; workers in the industry face a fatality rate almost five times as high as all other industries combined. When the industry is on the upswing, it can mean more jobs and more income; however, it can also mean dangerous safety violations and cut corners.

Georgia construction workers are vulnerable to electrocution

From 2012 to 2016, 8 percent of contract worker deaths throughout the nation were caused by electrocution. Of those workers, 68 percent of them were in the construction industry. These figures were gleaned from an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Construction trade workers were victims in 57 percent of fatal accidents caused by an electrical event.

OSHA and MSHA struggle with underreporting of injuries

Georgia residents with questions about workers' compensation should be aware that the underreporting of injuries is an obstacle faced by both OSHA and MSHA. When employers are not reporting injuries, employees are losing opportunities for compensation.

OSHA's National Emphasis Program for trenching updated

Construction workers in Georgia should know that more and more people are dying in trenching and excavation procedures. Between 2011 and 2016, OSHA reported 130 such fatalities with 49 percent of them occurring between 2015 and 2016. In response, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated the National Emphasis Program regarding trenching and excavation.

Preventing eye injuries in the workplace

Depending on the industry they work in, some Georgia residents may be at risk for incurring job-related eye injuries. About 2,000 cases of such injuries occur every day in the U.S. and require medical treatment. Approximately one-third of them are treated in hospital emergency rooms. To help prevent such accidents, it's important to be aware of the many different causes of eye injuries.

OSHA's standards on pinch point protection

Any machine with gears, rollers, belt drives or pulleys has what are called pinch points: spaces where workers, or parts of their body, can get caught. To avoid pinch point accidents in Georgia and elsewhere, OSHA has addressed the topic in its standards for general industries, agriculture, longshoring, marine terminals and construction. OSHA's recommendations can be broken down into engineering controls and work practice controls.

Assembly line work can be dangerous

Some workers in factories and manufacturing plants across Georgia may wonder about their rights if they get hurt while working on an assembly line. With the complex machinery involved in production lines, there are a number of opportunities for workers to face serious injuries that could affect future job abilities. If you work on an assembly line, it can be particularly important to understand the potential dangers.

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