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.
People in Ohio who work with electricity must be sure to wear person protective gear. Every year, about 2,000 people around the country end up in the hospital as a result of arc flash injuries, and around 400 of those people die from infection or burns.
Many Ohio residents work in the construction industry, which carries significant hazards. Falls are the top cause of work-related injuries and fatalities at construction sites. Because of the dangers that are presented by falls, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is focused on safety measures that can help to prevent them.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires employers in Ohio and around the country to maintain safe work environments. The death of a 33-year-old man in a warehouse illustrates the consequences of failing to observe safety regulations. The employee fell 7 feet from a wooden pallet raised by a forklift. He died a short time later at a hospital.
Ohio construction workers are often required to work around heavy or dangerous materials, especially if their work involves repairing the infrastructure. However, a water pipe repair method that was traditionally believed to be safe may actually involve hazardous chemicals.
Construction workers and repair technicians in Ohio sometimes need to enter tight spaces that could be exposed to dangers like electrical wires or high temperatures. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published guidance to help employers recognize confined spaces and evaluate their possible threats before workers enter them.
Construction companies in Ohio and nationwide are exploring better safety helmet designs to protect workers from fatal head injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates that all workers at risk of an on-the-job head injury must wear protective helmets.
Observers in Ohio and around the country have expressed serious concern about the safety of the nation's nuclear facilities. Reports of safety violations and lapses at one of the country's leading nuclear research laboratories have sparked sharp criticism, emphasizing the importance of safety for the lab's workers and the surrounding environment.
Tesla has set extremely ambitious production goals for its electric vehicles, and the company is under increasing pressure to meet them. This pressure has been transferred to workers at one of its factories. The situation developing at Tesla is a reminder to employees and employers in Ohio that ambitious business goals don't negate the need for proper workplace safety and support.
From plastic recyclers to mills, many types of manufacturing facilities in Ohio create dust during operations. Unfortunately, the build up of fine particles creates a fire risk. A 2012 report by the Combustible Dust Policy Institute showed that over 500 dust-related fires and explosions occurred across multiple industries in 2011. In addition, researchers suspect that employers fail to report many dust fires.