Workers in North Carolina and throughout the country could face serious harm if exposed to carbon monoxide. On Feb. 12, OSHA sent out a notice to employers reminding them of their duties to keep employees safe from the gas. Carbon monoxide can be most dangerous to workers when they are in poorly ventilated spaces or buildings. The gas itself is odorless and colorless, which makes it almost impossible to be detected without the help of equipment.
Of all work-related injuries in North Carolina and across the U.S., 10 to 20 percent result in temporary or permanent vision loss. Approximately 2,000 people incur eye injuries on the job every day, according to PreventBlindness.org, and 1 in 10 of these result in days off from work. This is why eye protection is essential in the workplace.
Truck drivers in North Carolina could be at serious risk for shoulder injuries on the job. When truck drivers raise or lower trailers to load or unload goods, they could injure their shoulders by cranking the truck's landing gear. However, one study conducted by North Carolina State University and the Washington Department of Labor and Industry notes that drivers can help to protect themselves by strategically positioning their bodies when cranking the gears.
Large employers in North Carolina will no longer have to file individual incident reports for workplace accidents and injuries, according to a new action by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA announced on Jan. 24 that it was eliminating a rule created by the Obama administration for companies employing more than 250 people that mandated the filing of two electronic forms if workers were injured, made ill or killed in the workplace. Form 300 and Form 301 identified the injured workers, the type of injury involved and the effects of the injury, including missed work days or altered job duties.
Many diligent employers in North Carolina want to do what they can to create a safe, productive work environment for employees. Still, there are times when unsafe working conditions exist for one reason or another. Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration spotlights the most common violations in an effort to encourage employers to take appropriate safety measures. OSHA breaks its violations down into industry segments. Below are the common issues for the printing industry.
Amazon has assumed a pervasive reach in the retail market in North Carolina and around the world. Many people place orders with Amazon because they can expect fast deliveries of the products that they want. However, the company has a history of worker safety at its distribution and transportation centers both in the U.S. and around the world.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is not doing enough to enforce regulations that require employers in North Carolina and around the county to report workplace injuries and fatalities in a timely manner. This was the conclusion reached by the Department of Labor in the Office of Inspector General's Nov. 30 report to Congress. The semiannual report marks the second time in a matter of weeks that the DOJ has criticized OSHA's less than vigorous pursuit of persistent violators.
During the winter, outdoor workers in North Carolina are liable to develop hypothermia, frostbite and other conditions if they are not properly protected. They may also slip on icy and snowy surfaces, especially when removing snow off roofs, and they could get in accidents when driving. OSHA has provided some safety tips for employers on its Winter Weather resource site.
Robots are used in industries across North Carolina to take on hazardous and repetitious tasks, but without the proper guarding or adequate safety training for employees, these machines can cause injuries. Robot safety has long been a concern for OSHA, which first issued its Guidelines for Robotics Safety back in 1987. At that time, robots posed a danger not just when in operation but during programming, testing and inspection periods.
North Carolina workers may face an array of safety hazards on the job, including those that can lead to severe injuries or serious workplace accidents. At the 2018 National Safety Council Congress, a deputy director of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration highlighted a top 10 list of the leading violations issued by the agency against employers in the past year. The statistics covered the period from October 2017 through the end of September 2018, and in many cases, they revealed similar patterns of safety problems to prior years.