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Supervisors are the key to safety on construction sites

Construction workers in Connecticut and throughout the nation may face a variety of hazards while on the job. Therefore, it is important to have a safety plan that mitigates as many different ones as possible. According to a report from Dodge Data & Analytics, 73% of respondents said that supervisors were responsible for training their workers. Furthermore, 83% of respondents said that supervisors that had strong safety skills were one of the pillars of a good safety plan.

NIOSH makes recommendations for improving IEQ

Indoor environmental quality is a term that construction employers in Connecticut are no doubt familiar with. Whether one is overseeing a building, renovation or demolition project, it's essential that the workers and building occupants be protected from dust, gases, organic vapors and other pollutants. To help employers maintain good IEQ, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has come up with a list of recommendations to follow.

OSHA violations that are common in the craft beer industry

Craft brewery owners in Connecticut should know what are the most common OSHA violations in their industry; that way, they can take steps to ensure a safer workplace. There are six to keep in mind, the first being the violation of OSHA's standard regarding permit-required confined spaces. Many breweries have employees work in these spaces when they are not, in reality, designed for continuous occupancy.

OSHA updates amputation safety rules

Beginning on March 10, 2020, OSHA will begin a three-week period of education on a National Emphasis Program regarding amputations in the workplace. OSHA will also be reaching out to employers who need guidance on meeting the standards for machine guarding and maintenance. Many employers in Connecticut know, after all, that amputations often occur in machinery accidents.

Worker injuries spike at Amazon warehouses during holiday season

Online shoppers in Connecticut and nationwide place many orders at Amazon during the holidays, and the extra workload appears to translate into more injuries among warehouse workers. News organizations that investigated injury rates at the online retailer's warehouses identified an increase in worker injuries in the weeks around Black Friday 2018 according to Amazon's records. Investigators concluded that seasonal temporary workers unfamiliar with warehouse conditions and mandatory 12-hour shifts reduced workplace safety.

Construction work in the summer: the top dangers

To create safer job sites, it's important for construction workers and employers in Connecticut to understand the dangers of working outdoors during summer. The top five hazards are fatigue, heat-related illness, dehydration, sun exposure and cars in roadside construction zones.

Injury risk rises for inexperienced miners working long hours

Mining activities in Connecticut present many workplace hazards due to the nature of the job. A new research study that analyzed over 500,000 injury reports from the Mine Safety and Health Administration concluded that long work hours and employees with limited experience exacerbated the risks to extraction workers.

Back pain in farm work linked to machine vibration

Some agricultural workers in Connecticut use heavy equipment and machinery in their normal daily work. While accidents can cause serious injury and death, even the normal everyday operation of some farm equipment can cause chronic issues like back pain. A recent study shows that the vibration of many types of farm machinery can cause health concerns for workers, even though OSHA does not have any standards regarding this issue.

Tesla's safety record called into question

Connecticut residents may enjoy driving their Tesla vehicles or otherwise approve of the company's efforts. The company is based in Fremont, California, which is unusual because most car companies tend to operate in rural states. It also has 15,000 employees and contractors, which is more than other manufacturers that build cars in the United States. Therefore, it may not be a surprise that Tesla has had more OSHA violations than the competition.

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