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Workplace safety and older workers

Workers of all ages in Connecticut may be interested to know that a growing number of workers are postponing their retirement. According to a review of federal employment statistics by the Pew Research Center, the percentage of people in the United States who are at least 65 years of age and are employed in at least a part-time capacity has risen from 12.8 percent in May 2000 to 18.8 percent in May 2016.

Workplace safety failures lead to fatalities

Workers in Connecticut often rely on their employers to inform them of workplace hazards and risks. These employees may also follow the leads of their more experienced coworkers when it comes to workplace behavior, processes and procedures. Unfortunately, a wax approach to workplace safety can lead to fatalities.

A systematic approach to safety at work

There are many different ways in which a Connecticut worker could get hurt while working in a warehouse or a production facility. However, falls are one of the most common, so employers may want to look at their fall protection plans. OSHA requires workers to have fall protection if they are walking 4 feet above the next lower level.

Composting and recycling industry promotes worker safety

When households and businesses in Connecticut send their yard or food waste to composting facilities, the workers must operate heavy machinery to process the solid materials. To inform workers of their workplace hazards, the Solid Waste Association of North America has launched the "Five to Stay Alive" campaign. The association has made flyers and posters available to employers in English and Spanish meant to increase awareness among workers of procedures for limiting accidents.

Oil and gas industry workers face hazards from flammable vapors

A new hazard alert highlights the risk of fatalities occurring in the oil and gas industry in Connecticut and across the country by vapors igniting when vehicles and motorized equipment are in use. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety Network released this hazard alert to draw attention to this potentially deadly problem.

The importance of safety signage

Many Connecticut workplace accidents could be prevented with adequate safety signs and proper labels. Employers should not underestimate the importance of safety signage in term of keeping employees away from certain hazards and dangers, particularly when signs and labels can be made on the premises.

Remembering the importance of worker safety

Connecticut residents may be appalled to learn that an average of about 150 American workers died each day in 2015. This was according to a report issued by the AFL-CIO. Of the 4,836 who died that year of workplace injuries, 903 were Latino workers, and a total of 943 immigrants die. The rate of Latino deaths was 18 percent higher than the national average while the number of immigrant deaths was the highest in almost 10 years.

Bipartisan Budget Act prompts large incresaes in OSHA fines

The fines assessed against employers in Connecticut and around the country for violating workplace safety regulations increased by up to 78 percent in August 2016. These financial penalties had remained largely unchanged for several years, but a key provision of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act required federal agencies covered by the legislation, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, to update their penalties in order to bring them into line with increases in the cost of living.

Trump could repeal silica law, advocacy groups warn

Connecticut residents may be interested to learn that, on April 6, the White House announced that a workplace safety regulation would be delayed. The regulation, which was issued by the Obama administration, would limit the amount of silica dust employees could be exposed to.

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