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OSHA and NIOSH release heat safety smartphone application

Workers in West Virginia and around the country who perform their duties outdoors face additional hazards during the summer months. Heat-related conditions claimed the lives of 16 American workers in 2014 according to figures from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the federal safety agency says that most of these deaths could have been prevented. OSHA has taken steps to address the problem by collaborating with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to develop a heat safety smartphone application for employers.

Tesla workers reportedly passing out at the factory

West Virginia residents who have been following Tesla Motors as the company works to bring affordable all-electric vehicles to the market may be interested to learn that some of its factory employees have been passing out while working. According to reports, there have been more than 100 ambulance calls to the company's California factory since 2014.

The dangers of combustible dust in the workplace

For West Virginia employees who work in the manufacturing industry, combustible dust is a serious hazard that many do not take the necessary precautions for. Because combustible dust can be so hazardous and can result in severe incidents, there are certain things that both employees and employers should know.

Poultry workers are often severely injured on the job

West Virginia residents may be surprised to learn that serious job-related injuries are more common in the poultry processing sector than they are in the saw mill, steel and auto industries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration keeps track of workplace accidents and injuries, and a report released in April by the National Employment Law Project using data reported to OSHA between January 2015 and September 2016 revealed that poultry processing was America's 12th most dangerous job.

The dangers of granular absorbents in the workplace

Slips and falls are among the most common causes of workplace accidents and injuries in West Virginia and around the country, and OSHA has put standards into place that require employers to keep their facilities clean and respond to spills promptly. However, some of the materials used in workplaces to mop up spills could pose a threat to workers' health. Granular absorbent materials are commonly placed on liquid spills as either a temporary measure or a more permanent solution, but many of these products contain dangerous amounts of respirable silica.

Hazards associated with confined spaces

West Virginia employees whose jobs require them to work in a confined space may face a heightened risk of injury or death. OSHA defines a confined space as a space that is large enough for a person to enter, is not intended for continuous occupancy and has a limited number of ways to enter or exit. Ducts, pipelines and sewers are common examples of confined spaces that workers may perform tasks in or around.

Injuries at West Virginia chemical plants

When people work at chemical plants, there are a variety of ways that they can be injured. Chemicals can be very dangerous. In addition to harm that someone can suffer by coming into direct contact with them, many chemicals emit harmful fumes. Additionally, there are dangers associated with using equipment or tripping and falling.

Family awareness of workplace safety

Most West Virginia families take for granted that their loved ones will be coming home after a hard day's work. The reality is that 4,836 work fatalities occurred around the country in 2015. That means nearly five thousand loved ones didn't return home to their families as expected that year. Since fatal work-related accidents can strike without warning, families would do well to be aware of how they should handle such an unfortunate event so they are compensated appropriately for their loss.

Hazardous labeling change could increase risk of work injury

New standards for classifying hazardous materials were adopted by OSHA from the UN's Globally Harmonized System, and this could have resulted in West Virginia workers exposed to previously classified but now off-label products. To protect against the risk of work injury for products that are not classified by the GHS, OSHA demands that all items previously classified but now falling outside the system be placed in the new 'Hazard Not Otherwise Classified" category.

Grain entrapment fatalities on the rise

West Virginia employees who work around grain silos may be interested to learn that the number of fatalities and grain entrapment cases have continued to increase. According to an annual survey regarding grain handling accidents, 29 entrapment incidents occurred in 2016, a 21 percent increase from 2015.

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