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For 6 years running, fall protection tops OSHA violation list

Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a list of the most frequently cited workplace safety violations nationwide. Employees in Connecticut and other states who work in logistics, bulk transportation and other industries may be interested in knowing that fall protection leads the Top 10 Violations List for 2017 and has now done so for six consecutive years.

Blind spots happen off the road, too

Workers in Connecticut rely on their employers to establish and comply with proper safety procedures. Without these processes, all employees are at risk of on-the-job injuries that can have life-changing consequences. One area that employers sometimes ignore is that of the "blind spot" that workers can have while going about their daily tasks.

How to keep all workers safe despite their age

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of federal data, 18.1 percent of the workforce is age 65 or older. This means that employers in Connecticut and elsewhere may have to create safety plans that take into account various experience levels. They may also need to incorporate a variety of cultures and areas of expertise. Employers will also want to make sure that they aren't stereotyping workers while delivering messages that they are likely to best receive.

Falls a common cause of worker deaths

There were 937 reported deaths on construction job sites throughout the country in 2015. Of those deaths, 350 were related to falls, which means that it was the most common cause of accidental worker fatalities according to OSHA. To help make Connecticut workers and others safer, OSHA has been levying fines in certain cases. Repeat offenders tend to be more likely than others to face financial penalties after a violation.

The importance of lifting workers safely in warehouses

Connecticut warehouse workers who use forklifts and pallets not intended to carry people to be lifted to high shelves may be endangering themselves. One worker died after he slipped and fell 7 feet to a concrete floor from a pallet on a forklift. Although using the forklift and pallet in this way was common in his workplace, it was against the manufacturer's instructions for the forklift, and there was no fall protection in place.

Preventing serious workplace accident injuries

No matter what role employees play in Connecticut businesses, there are always chances that a worker could suffer an injury or illness. For example, a worker who sits at a desk could develop carpal tunnel due to repetitive movements while a construction worker could nearly miss falling from heights. Regardless of the types of risks different employees face, generally only the injuries that actually occur, and not the mere misses, are recordable to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Repairing water pipes may pose health hazards in Connecticut

When a water pipe breaks, it is common for workers to use the cured-in-place pipe repair technique. The process involves putting a fabric tube filled with resin into the damaged area of the pipe. It is then cured with steam, hot water or ultraviolet light to create a new pipe. Although the process is thought to be effective, it may pose health issues to workers.

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