Despite expectations, Fed-OSHA under the Trump administration has not backed off on enforcing workplace safety regulations.
In fact, the agency is as aggressive as ever and citations are higher than ever as well, after fines were increased substantially three years ago. Based on the agency's own statistics, a company that's inspected has only a 25% chance of not receiving a single citation.
While overall workplace injuries have been falling in the last decade, the numbers of deadly and catastrophic injuries are actually on the rise.
As the economy hums along, we are sharing the roads with more trucks than ever before.
Unfortunately, many people do not exercise the extreme caution required when driving around 18-wheelers, container trucks and buses. And if there is an accident, due to their sheer size and weight, they can crush a passenger vehicle, seriously injuring or killing the occupants.
While the Trump administration has eased off a number of regulations and enforcement actions during the past two years, Fed-OSHA continues focusing on the safety of temporary workers as much as it did under the Obama presidency.
This puts the onus not only on the agencies that provide the temp workers, but also on the companies that contract with them for the workers.
When a workplace injury occurs, it’s important to respond quickly by conducting an incident investigation. Quick and planned actions demonstrate your commitment to workplace safety and prevention of future incidents.
Every incident needs to be investigated. This process helps employers look beyond what happened and discover why it happened. If you have prepared an incident investigation plan, you can be confident that you’re taking the appropriate steps to investigate and address the causes in an effort prevent similar incidents from happening again.
Old man winter sure has us in his grip! With record-breaking temperatures and wind chills, many people turn to portable heaters to add some extra warmth. If you are using – or plan to use- a portable heater, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and never leave it unattended. The extra heat feels nice, but these devices can create an electric shock hazard, burns to users, carbon monoxide poisoning, fires, or possibly even explosions.
Most goods in the U.S. are delivered by long-haul truck drivers. Businesses don’t often think about the unhealthy side effects that come with the truck-driving profession, and that can spell trouble for the drivers and for business profitability.
Over the past 15 years, workplace violence has been among the top four causes of death in the work environment, according to federal statistics.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says almost 2 million U.S. workers report incidents of workplace violence each year, and "many more" cases go unreported.
Workplace violence is defined by OSHA as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs in the workplace.
One by-product of a strong economy is more employment, but the increased activity usually results in more workplace injuries.
That's because there are more inexperienced people on worksites and when a company is busy and there is more activity, the chances of an incident occurring also increase. This is especially the case in manual labor environments from production facilities, warehousing and logistics to construction and other trades.
The September USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index found that 80% of contractors said that the skilled labor shortage is affecting jobsite safety and it's the number one factor increasing safety risk on the jobsite.
Insurers are experimenting with new technology that tracks how many miles you drive, your driving patterns and other nuances in how you drive, in order to price policies and offer discounts.
As part of the process, insurers will typically require that policyholders download an app that will use the phone's GPS system and location-tracking to generate a picture of how the policyholder drives.
Many of these apps will rate your driving and good drivers can earn discounts and rewards for safe driving, based on the data collected by the app.
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