West Virginia businesses that deal with hazardous materials will want to incorporate a few basic rules in their safety plans. The first rule is that employees (assuming that they are adequately trained) should follow all established practices when carrying out their duties. At the same time, workers should be cautious and think ahead to any potential hazards.
Machinery is designed to make it easier for workers in West Virginia to complete various tasks with maximum efficiency. However, machinery that is misused or not properly maintained can contribute to workplace injuries and fatalities. While many people associate machine-related accidents with heavy industrial equipment, the fact is that any type of machinery that is not used properly or not maintained as intended, including smaller or portable equipment used on the job, can present certain dangers.
It has been estimated that asbestos exposure leads to anywhere from 105,000 to 110,000 deaths worldwide every year. However, the International Commission of Occupational Health has examined some of the latest data available and come to a different conclusion. West Virginia residents may be aware that the U.S. has no general ban on asbestos, so they will want to know what the results are.
Outdoor workers in West Virginia should be aware that they can suffer from a deadly heat stroke even if the temperature is only in the upper 80s. Because it takes time to adapt to extremely high temperatures, the heat waves that occur in the early part of the summer can be particularly deadly. This is according to research that was conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Out of the 14 cases of fatal heat stroke that were examined in an OSHA study, six of the cases took place when the Heat Index measured less than 91 degrees Fahrenheit.
Slips, trips and falls are among the most common workplace injuries in West Virginia and around the country, but a concerted effort by workers and employers may be all that is needed to prevent many of them. Figures from the National Safety Council reveal that 798 workers died after falling in 2014, and the nonprofit organization says that workers should take the initiative when it comes to potentially deadly safety issues rather than waiting for their employers to take action.
Black lung disease has impacted the lives of more miners in West Virginia and elsewhere than originally thought, according to a new study. The authors of the study say the disease is a "real phenomenon."
In West Virginia and all around the U.S., far too many workplace accidents occur regardless of the industry. Companies and insurers across the nation pay out hundreds of billions of dollars each year in workers' compensation benefits while across the world, workplace accidents result in over 1,000 deaths every day and over 500 injured every minute. From slip, trip and fall hazards to exposure to harmful chemicals, some risks are foreseeable, and some not.
For construction workers in West Virginia, workplace accidents and injuries can be all too common. However, the Associated Builders and Contractors argue that by taking measures to evaluate and improve safety, employers can make their job sites up to 670 percent safer than the average. Taking these steps can also reduce safety incidents by 85 percent. There is a variety of safety measures recommended by ABC, such as substance abuse counseling and treatment programs, thorough orientation and training and site-specific guidance.
Wheat, corn, barley and oats served in West Virginia must go through processing and transport to reach consumers. The large facilities that store and process grain present significant risks to workers, and industry leaders are working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to promote safety. A primary risk to workers involves grain engulfment, which buries people in fast moving grain and quickly suffocates them.
While many people in West Virginia associate workplace injuries only with the heavy physical labor in industries like construction and mining, people working in any type of job can sustain illnesses and injuries linked to their workplace. For example, up to one-third of all radiologists working in the United States have reported that workplace injuries have caused back pain and other musculoskeletal problems. Radiologists surveyed by the American College of Radiology indicated a number of common medical problems resulting from conditions on the job.