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Workplace injury list reveals overexertion's high price tag

Compared to the general working population, Marylanders who specialize in certain fields may be at higher risk of overexertion and related musculoskeletal disorders. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data from 2014 showed that more than 30 percent of injuries and illnesses were related to MSDs even though the overall rate per 10,000 workers had decreased slightly from the previous year.

Mining deaths continue to decline in 2015

Maryland residents who work in the mining industry may be familiar with the importance of on-the-job safety, but they may wonder how effective safety practices are. Since the Mining Safety and Health Administration was established in 1978, the number of deaths has consistently fallen. That year's deaths totaled 242, and the number in 2015 totaled 28, a decrease of nearly 90 percent over the 37-year period.

Workplace hazards for Maryland workers to look out for

Employers that do not take adequate precautions to guard against winter hazards may experience more workplace injuries. Maintaining workplace safety requires different precautions during the winter, when many retail businesses in Maryland see a sharp increase in their rate of online sales as well as in-store customer traffic. As a result, conditions on store and warehouse floors often deteriorate. Businesses can prevent accidents by investing in basic winter safety equipment and strategies, including the practice of implementing pallet-racking inspections to ensure that proper procedures are being followed.

Contractor responsibility when workers are injured or killed

Construction work is one of the most dangerous types of jobs people do in Maryland. Because of the potential hazards involved, there are federal and state safety regulations in place to help make construction sites safer for workers and minimize the risk of accidents.

Protecting workers from hand-arm vibration syndrome

According to a Maryland occupational vibration consultant, approximately 2 million U.S. workers are exposed to hand-arm vibration hazards on the job each year. As many as 50 percent of them will develop a condition known as hand-arm vibration syndrome, or HAVS.

Workplace injuries to temporary workers

Many Maryland employers rely on temporary workers to fill important roles during employee vacations, family leave periods, and seasons of heavy activity. However, workplace injuries involving these temporary employees can be confusing due to the fact that both the employer and the temporary agency are involved with an individual's work activities. OSHA has provided recent clarification on the issue to assist those responsible for reporting injuries and recording details.

OSHA targets workers safety at health care facilities

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration focused its attention on the conditions found in inpatient health care facilities when it recently issued a compliance memo to OSHA regional offices and state plans. Titled 'Inspection Guidance for Inpatient Healthcare Settings," the June 2015 memo requires compliance staff in Maryland and around the country to make targeted inspections of this industry's employers that have high incident rates of work-related illnesses and injuries.

The danger posed by combustible dust in the workplace

Maryland workers who are employed at manufacturing or processing facilities may be at risk of being injured or killed in an accident caused by combustible dust. Many different materials can become explosive when finely divided into dust, and some substances that are difficult to burn may still become extremely volatile when in particles small enough to hang in the air. Explosions involving combustible dust are often catastrophic and occur without warning, and they have been known to reduce workplaces to rubble. In 2008, an exploding cloud of sugar dust killed 14 workers in Georgia.

What to do when hurt on a Maryland farm

If a farm worker is struck by machinery or by livestock, it could lead to serious injury or death. Therefore, those under the age of 16 may be prohibited by child labor laws from using certain machinery or handling certain types of chemicals. In some cases, state laws may place additional restrictions on top of those imposed by federal law. Regardless of an employee's age, employers should adopt a safety first attitude to reduce the risk of a farm accident.

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