December 2019 Archives

OSHA revises current amputation rules

Manufacturing companies in Texas and throughout the United States are required to ensure that machines are safe to use. This generally means that a machine is properly guarded and that there is a regular maintenance schedule in place. Taking these steps may minimize or eliminate the possibility of an amputation occurring. According to OSHA, an amputation occurs when a person loses some or all of a limb or any other external body part, and all amputations must be reported to OSHA.

Workers still vulnerable to injuries or fatalities on the job

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,250 workplace fatalities in 2018. This was an increase of 2% from 2017, but the fatality rate per 100,000 full-time workers in Texas and throughout the country remained steady at 3.5%. The BLS data indicated that there was a 12% increase in workplace deaths caused by workers who intentionally overdosed on drugs or alcohol. Furthermore, there was an 11% increase in the number of workers who took their own lives in 2018.

OSHA: computer-based training not enough

OSHA has high standards when it comes to employee safety training, and one of the things it has been stressing recently is that computer-based training alone does not meet those standards. Employers and employees alike in Texas should know that OSHA requires training that results in "mastery of the training material."

The dangers caused by jackknifed trucks

It is not uncommon to see a jackknifed truck on Texas roads. Jackknifing can be dangerous for the trucker and other motorists on the freeway. Jackknifing is not inevitable. When truckers follow a few safety procedures, they may avoid jackknifing, even in dangerous situations.

Study shows how opioid use is prevalent in fatal 2-car crashes

There is an opioid crisis in Texas and the rest of the U.S., and studies show that it is impacting the roads. From 1993 to 2016, the percentage of opioid-using drivers who initiated a crash rose from 2% to 7.1%. A study published in JAMA Network Open says that in fatal two-car crashes, the at-fault drivers were twice as likely as the other driver to test positive for opioids.

The fatality rate for oil workers is shockingly high

Can you guess which industry has a similar fatality rate to that of U.S. military troops serving in Afghanistan? Although it can be hard to imagine a job in America that is that dangerous, the reality is that oil workers are dying, and things are not getting much better. While the job itself is inherently dangerous, it does not explain this high fatality rate. Therefore, you need to look at safety practices.

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