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.
Between 2011 and 2016, OSHA recorded 130 fatalities during trenching and excavation operations. Nearly half of those deaths occurred between 2015 and 2016 alone. This has prompted OSHA to revise the National Emphasis Program regarding trenching and excavation so that safety standards for this field can be enforced better. North Carolina residents who work in construction will want to know what the revisions entail.
OSHA generally considers events that result in worker injuries or illnesses to be "incidents" as opposed to accidents. This is because many injuries or illnesses to North Carolina workers or others are predictable even if they aren't expected. Employers who keep good records of how workers were injured or got sick in the past may be able to use that information to keep them safe in the future.
Workplace safety should be a primary concern for every company in North Carolina. Being aware of the most typical kinds of workplace accidents and adhering to good safety policies can help with accident prevention.
In 2016, there were an estimated 10,700 nonfatal employee injuries among highway workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ideally, North Carolina construction companies will have a safety plan to reduce the number of accidents that occur. This includes working with employees to mitigate as many risks as possible while on the job. Managers can convince workers to follow a plan by making safe decisions at the job site.
Working around machinery involves certain risks. The improper use, maintenance or protection of machinery can lead to serious and sometimes fatal workplace injuries. This is why workers and employers in North Carolina will want to consider these five safety tips.
Although asbestos, a mineral that strengthens building materials and makes them heat resistant, has long been recognized as a threat to workers' health in North Carolina and nationwide, a new study indicated that its dangers have been underestimated. The report from the International Commission of Occupational Health more than doubled the number of deaths previously attributed to asbestos exposure. The new estimates placed the number of asbestos-related deaths in the United States for 2016 at 39,275 people.
Time Magazine has recently come up with a list of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America, so residents of North Carolina may be interested. Despite training, the use of high-tech equipment and other efforts to keep their workplace safe, companies still see an alarming number of injuries and fatalities.