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New report shows importance of supervisors in construction safety

Construction workers in Texas may or may not be heavily involved in the crafting of safety plans and guidelines around the job site, but a report from Dodge Data & Analytics has found that more contractors are attempting this. Contractors are also increasingly relying on supervisors to boost safety.

Construction in the workplace can be dangerous

When construction workers are on the job in Texas, they may face many significant hazards. Workers in other types of industries may also face some risks from construction or renovation work when it is taking place while the company is still open. Environmental contaminants and toxic exposure may be particularly significant concerns, especially if dangerous chemicals are being used in confined spaces with little opportunity to dissipate. In addition, some of the dusts produced during construction work may pose a danger to the lungs. As a result, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released guidelines to protect both construction workers and other employees during building and renovation jobs.

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."

Petroleum refiner faces OSHA fines after worker fatality

OSHA has penalized a petroleum refiner and an industrial contractor with $106,080 in fines after a worker in a confined space lost air supply and died from asphyxiation. Workers in Texas may want to know how the two parties were negligent.

Do office jobs have an impact on your health?

Office jobs aren't normally associated with many hazards. In fact, working in an office is considered pretty safe when compared to many other industries, including factories, health care facilities, or auto shops. That doesn't mean that office work is completely without its risks, however. Business Insider explains a few of the many hazards facing office workers, some of which can have significant health consequences. 

High-pressure work environments and the risk of an accident

People are injured while performing their job in so many ways, from electrical accidents on construction sites to repetitive stress injuries that occur among office workers. Regardless of one’s line of work, jobs can become very demanding at certain times, whether difficult goals have to be met or a business becomes unusually hectic due to seasonal demands. When workers find themselves in a high-pressure scenario, they may be more likely to become injured in an on the job accident.

What can I do about an OSHA violation at work?

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) creates standards that all U.S. employers must follow to ensure workers remain safe and secure. When a violation occurs, workers are encouraged to report incidents to the proper authorities to prevent serious injuries or even loss of life from occurring. The OSHA Education Center offers the following information, which will help you take the right steps in the event that you experience a violation at your place of work. 

Examples of workplace accommodation

If you have a work-related disability in Texas that affects how you are able to perform your job, there are certain requirements your employer must follow to help you get back to work. Employers must provide accommodations for physical and mental disabilities as long as they do not cause undue hardship on the company.

Signs of post-traumatic stress disorder after a serious injury

When Texas workers are seriously injured on the job, they may deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is particularly true for those in high threat environments. Fortunately, according to FindLaw, if the injury is work related and the worker suffers from extreme stress and anxiety and it affects the ability to do the job and earn money, it may be eligible for a workers’ compensation claim.

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