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November 2016 Archives

Ohio workers and new OSHA guidelines

Many Cleveland workers and their employers will most likely be affected by OSHA's impending rule changes on walking-working surfaces. On Nov. 17, 2016, OSHA made an announcement that the rule, which has been anticipated for some time, would update its general requirements for walking and working surfaces in general industry. This rule is expected to impact workers in many job positions, from chimney sweeps to window washers and other maintenance employees. While it does not affect the construction or agricultural industries, it will have a major impact on jobs that involve tasks with a high risk of trips and falls.

Using innovative technology to improving workplace safety

From laser curtains and bulletproof glass barriers to special warning signs and 3D visualization, there is a range of modern technologies that can keep workplace safer. Ohio workers could expect to see much more of this technology in the future.

Reducing injuries on the job

Nurses and other staff in Ohio hospitals often face physical challenges when trying to move patients. Researchers from the Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have identified a link between reduced injuries among health care workers and the use of mechanical lifts and slings. The center promoted a program to select hospitals that asked administrators to make a concerted effort to provide patient mobility equipment and train staff in its proper use.

Self-driving car accidents are raising questions about the future of car insurance

There is no doubt that the auto industry is dealing with significant changes. Over recent years, the development of self-driving car technology and the rise in popularity of ridesharing services has brought many companies to reconsider how they conduct their business. As technology continues to develop, so too will changes in associated industries.

FMCSA prescreening program approved by court

Commercial drivers in the state of Ohio will soon be required to comply with a federal program that provides preliminary screening of driver applicants. Although it had been delayed by a court battle over questions of driver privacy, the matter has recently been resolved in favor of the government.

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