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Workplace accident: Companies must provide first aid training

The logging industry is regarded as one of the most dangerous occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 77 forestry workers nationwide, including in Mississippi, lost their lives in 2014. In some cases, logging sites are remote, with no easy access to medical facilities. The September death of a logger who suffered a workplace accident may have been avoided if co-workers were able to perform CPR.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires logging companies to provide workers with emergency first aid training and maintain a written training certification record. Loggers are constantly exposed to life-threatening hazards posed by falling, sliding or rolling logs and trees with massive weights. Prompt CPR and other emergency treatment may mean the difference between life and death.

Workplace accidents: Accumulated dust leads to OSHA citations

Mississippi workers in industrial settings are exposed to the normal hazards associated with manufacturing, such as confined spaces and moving machine parts. However, every industry poses unique dangers, and company owners must include those threats when they develop safety protocols to avoid workplace accidents. Also, workers must receive safety training to prepare them for the different hazards they will encounter in their daily navigation of the premises.

After an inspection of a cabinet maker in another state, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued 29 citations for serious safety violations and proposed fines of $107,000. Inspectors found that accumulations of combustible wood dust had covered work surfaces and the electrical systems of the building, creating a severe fire hazard. The danger was exacerbated by the improper storage of flammable liquids. It was determined that flammable mist and vapor remained in the work area because of inadequate ventilation systems.

Industrial workers’ accidents: Amputation injury brings citations

Many workplace accidents in Mississippi result from the failure of company owners to comply with prescribed safety regulations. One of the most common industrial workers’ accidents involves employees who are exposed to dangerous parts of machines that are not fitted with the required safety devices. One of the nation’s largest chicken producers in another state was recently cited for such safety violations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company after completing an investigation into an incident in which a worker lost a finger. Investigators determined that a chicken separator machine was unexpectedly activated while a worker was reassembling it. It was found that lockout/tagout procedures were not in place, and the company made no effort to address the issue.

What to avoid when using a circular saw at work

Among the more serious injuries workers sometimes suffer are amputations. Losing a body part, in addition to being majorly emotionally scarring, can have a wide range of significant practical implications for a person throughout the rest of their life. 

So, it is crucial for a worker to be properly on guard when performing work tasks that could have amputation risks connected to them. One such type of task is working with bladed machinery. There are a variety of different bladed devices that could be present in a workplace, including circular saws.

Safe lifting important at work

Lifting objects is something that all different sorts of workers do as part of their job. It is such a basic type of work task that one may not see it as something that can potentially have major health and safety impacts for workers. However, lifting mishaps can be quite harmful indeed.

Lifting mishaps are one of the big causes of workplace musculoskeletal injuries, such as shoulder, back or neck strains or sprains. Lawyers can help workers with pursuing workers’ compensation claims in connection to work lifting injuries, such as lifting-related musculoskeletal injuries.

Workplace fall hazards

Falls in the workplace are no small thing. They can cause all manner of substantial injuries to workers. An important thing for workers to know is that workers’ comp claims can generally be brought in relation to injuries from workplace falls. Getting appropriate compensation can provide workers with considerable help in trying to get things back on track in their life following a significant workplace fall injury.

Injured workers face addiction, overdose risks, even with preventative drugs

The risk of overdose and addiction is a real threat to injured workers throughout the United States. As part of an effort to curb painkiller abuse and addiction, pharmacies in several states, including Mississippi, are making it easier to access certain overdose prevention drugs.

These medications, including buprenorphine and naloxone, are meant to save lives, but some medical experts believe they carry their own significant risks.

Workplace accidents: Factory owner says safety is too expensive

While the majority of Mississippi company owners provide safe workplace environments and understand that workers’ safety can have a positive impact on productivity and the bottom line, there are those that refuse to spend money on creating safe workplaces. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration identified a manufacturer in a neighboring state as one of the latter types of businesses. Workplace accidents lead to workers’ compensation claims that typically result in higher insurance premiums along with OSHA citations.

A spokesperson for OSHA reported that the manufacturer of engine parts for motor companies such as Hyundai and Kia has repeatedly claimed that it is too expensive to address the existing safety hazards in its factory. Inspectors found that the firm willfully fails to address risks caused by unintentional start-ups of machines during servicing and maintenance. According to regulations, these procedures must be developed, documented and utilized according to specific procedures.

Nurses and infection risks

Nurses sometimes provide care to patients with significant infections. When providing such care, certain circumstances could create risks for nurses of contracting an infection from the patient. 

Thus, when providing patients with care, it is important for nurses to take steps to address such potential risks. There are precautions nurses can take, such as measures involving hand-washing, proper needle usage and protective equipment, to reduce the likelihood of being exposed to a bloodborne pathogen during patient care. A list of these precautions can be seen in a recent Safety+Health article. 

Forklift safety in the workplace

Forklifts can be present in many different types of workplaces, including warehouses, industrial plants and construction sites. In any sort of work environment, forklifts can pose safety issues. Workplace forklift accidents can leave the forklift’s operator or other workers in the vicinity significantly injured. 

Thus, in workplaces where forklifts are present, it is vital for workers who operate forklifts, workers who work in areas where forklifts are operating and employers to practice appropriate forklift safety.