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Workplace Accidents Archives

Improving employee protective equipment

Employees in Maryland might benefit from understanding more about how compliance and protection can be improved by using better fitting safety eyewear. Government data shows that the demographics of the U.S. labor force are changing significantly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women accounted for 47 of the American workforce during 2010, and are expected to total 51 percent by 2018. As the workplace becomes more diversified, the protection attire and equipment used may need to be redesigned as well.

Car accidents leading cause of workplace accidents

Maryland readers may be surprised to learn that nearly 40 percent of all work-related fatalities in the country are associated with motor-vehicle accidents, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to the personal, human costs of vehicle-related workplace accidents, there is a significant economic impact. The annual cost for United States employers averaged an estimated $60 billion annually between the years of 1998 and 2000.

Injuries in the agricultural industry

Agricultural workers in Maryland are employed in one of the country's most dangerous industries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While working on farms and with farm equipment, agricultural workers are regularly exposed to conditions that put them at risk for serious injuries that could potentially be fatal.

OSHA: Faulty equipment caused circus accident

Work-related injuries happen in every industry, and employers in Maryland are required by law to provide workers' compensation when an employee is injured on the job. Employees also have a right to notify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration if an employer fails to provide a reasonably safe work environment.

Second accident in 3 months at former Sparrows Point steel mill

In May, at a former steel mill at Sparrows Point in Baltimore County, a building collapse injured nine workers who were removing asbestos from the site. At the time of the accident, the workers were reportedly 40 feet in the air, and an investigation by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration is still underway.

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