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September 2019 Archives

Oil and gas extraction workers, miners prone to hearing loss

North Carolina miners and oil and gas extraction operators are at serious risk of hearing loss, based on a new study. The study, which was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, was conducted by researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Taft Laboratory in Ohio.

Ninth Circuit rules in favor of OSHA in toxic exposure case

According to a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, North Carolina employers must determine before work starts whether employees could need respiratory equipment. The ruling was handed down in a case involving workers who said that air quality was poor while performing welds on a ship's voids. As a result of the poor air quality, workers for Seward Ship's Drydock Inc. filed a complaint with OSHA.

Safety advocates push for truck side guard requirement

North Carolina residents should know that 4,102 Americans died in large truck crashes in 2017. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that 82% of these victims were occupants of other vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists or pedestrians and that most died by being crushed in the exposed area between the truck's front and rear wheels.

Improving workers' safety with floor markings

Most warehouses, factories and other commercial buildings in North Carolina can benefit from having more floor markings. Floor tape in particular, especially reflective and fluorescent material, is affordable as well as versatile. Its use can extend beyond flooring to the walls, pipes, tools and equipment. The following are just some of the ways that floor marking can improve safety in the workplace.

Fatigue a factor in many workplace injuries

For many people, modern-day life in North Carolina and throughout the country is characterized by the nonstop demands of a 24/7 world. Everything is seemingly always available. Nothing ever shuts down, and neither do people. The result of this continuing type of lifestyle is reflected in fewer hours per night of sleep, which very quickly translates into fatigue. Chronic fatigue, in turn, is not simply a personal issue but one that can impact how a person performs, or, perhaps more accurately, does not perform his or her job.