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OSHA's Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

Preventing Ladder Injuries – One Step at a Time

Ryan Moss never wants to hear a story about a person falling off a ladder. Each tale is as painful as it is preventable.

Yet Moss knows the best way to confront the issue is to start a conversation. As president of the American Ladder Institute, he has met hundreds of safety professionals from across the country.

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OSHA's Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.

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Choking Incident

Know How to Treat a Choking Incident

A choking incident can occur anywhere – including the weekly staff meeting or at someone’s desk. If you saw a co-worker choking, would you be ready to help?
The universally understood sign for choking is when someone clutches their hands to their throat. However, if you suspect someone is choking and they’re not giving this sign, Mayo Clinic recommends checking for these issues:

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Opioid-Related Insurance Claims Rose More Than 3,000 Percent From 2007 to 2014

Tips and Tactics for a Stronger Safety Committee

Of course you have a safety committee. But how effective is it? Does it satisfy a state requirement with minimal creativity or innovation? Is it your ticket to a discount on your workers’ comp coverage? Or does it actually enhance your safety performance, giving employees at all levels an opportunity to lead and engage in the safety process?
What elements go into making a safety committee successful? This Compliance Report delivers reminders, tips, and best practices. Be sure to share the content with your committee and use it as a departure point for improvements at your site or company.

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Employee waited a month before reporting injury

A construction worker says he tripped, fell and hurt his back. However, he waited a month to get any treatment for the alleged injury. How did his workers’ comp claim turn out?

William Rogers, 48, worked for Russell Construction Co. Inc. in Wyoming. On Nov. 19, 2013, Rogers, his supervisor and another worker were pouring concrete at a work site. The chute of the concrete mixer truck momentarily caught on a piece of wire attached to some rebar and then popped up with some force.

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3 Questions to Ask After a Spill

What happens if there’s a chemical leak or spill in your workplace? Are your workers ready to contain it? Workers at Nestlé’s Willy Wonka candy manufacturing plant in Itasca, Illinois were quick to react to a lithium chloride spill, containing the 5-gallon mishap. Unfortunately, containing the spilled liquid didn’t eliminate the hazard to workers—just a few hours after the spill, workers complained of respiratory symptoms. Emergency responders treated 17 workers and transported 11 to the hospital, where they were treated and released.
Here are three questions your workers should ask immediately after a spill in order to minimize the hazards to workers and the environment.
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Final Rule Issued to Improve Tracking Workplace Injuries, PRIME, Blog

Final Rule Issued to Improve Tracking Workplace Injuries

Why is OSHA issuing this rule?
This simple change in OSHA’s rule-making requirements will improve safety for workers across the country. One important reason stems from our understanding of human behavior and motivation. Behavioral economics tells us that making injury information publicly available will “nudge” employers to focus on safety. And, as we have seen in many examples, more attention to safety will save the lives and limbs of many workers, and will ultimately help the employer’s bottom line as well. Finally, this regulation will improve the accuracy of this data by ensuring that workers will not fear retaliation for reporting injuries or illnesses.
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