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December 2017 Archives

Lack of OSHA oversight could make work dangerous

Ohio workers may be disheartened to read the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries report. The report states that workers aged 55 or older died at a rate that was 9.9 percent higher in 2016 compared to 2015. Higher death rates were also reported for African-American and Asian workers. Overall, the workplace fatality rate increased 7 percent in 2016 compared to 2015.

GAO report may help improve safety for meat and poultry workers

Whether in Ohio or other parts of America, the meat and poultry industry is known for having some of the highest injury rates among employees. From increasing line speeds to hazardous chemicals to employees being denied the proper number of bathroom breaks, there are several safety concerns that have yet to be adequately addressed.

December 2017 is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Ohio residents should be aware of the effect that impaired driving has on car accident rates across the nation. Now, people have a month that's dedicated to raising awareness about the danger of impaired driving; on Nov. 30, the White House declared that December 2017 is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.

Recognizing and responding to road rage

Road rage has become a part of our busy and stressed out culture. It seems as if every other week in the news, you see a new story about someone being injured or killed in an accident caused by a driver who lost control in anger. Fortunately, there are things that you and other Ohio residents can do that may cut your chances of becoming another road rage statistic.

Truckers oppose mandate that could prevent fatigued driving

As the calendar year 2017 draws to a close, a new federal mandate will go into effect in Ohio and other states across the nation. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials, the Electronic Logging Device mandate will keep fatigued truck drivers off the roadway, preventing hundreds of trucking-related accidents each year. Members of at least one trade organization appear to disagree. Arguing that the mandate has little to do with safety, the president of the United Independent Truckers of America claims that the ELD regulation is simply an attempt by the government to "kill" the small trucking company industry.

OSHA 2017 Top 10 Violations List brings focus to worker safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's annual Top 10 Violations List has been released for the fiscal year 2017, and workers in Ohio and other states may want to know more. Largely unchanged from the previous year, the list includes the addition of citations regarding fall protection training violations. For the sixth time in as many years, violations under fall protection-general requirements topped the list.

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