Workers who spend time outdoors may be at risk for contracting the mosquito-born Zika virus. To protect them, employers should take measures outlined in this interim guidance from OSHA and NIOSH.
As temperatures rise across the country, employers must ensure the safety of their workers. Establishing a prevention program and recognizing the signs of heat exhaustion and stroke are key. Water, rest, and shade go a long way.
Under a new rule, employers will soon be required to electronically submit certain records of workplace injuries, some of which will be posted to the OSHA website. Learn about coming deadlines and procedures.
All employers must notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye. Know the deadlines and required reporting procedures.
Workers have the right to be safe on the job and to speak up if they are concerned about hazardous conditions. Contact OSHA to learn more or to ask for an inspection.
A new rule requires employers to use engineering controls or other methods to limit workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Learn what employers in construction and general industry/maritime need to do.
4,821 workers died on the job in 2014
5/1/2016 FL: Douglas Whetstine died from chemical exposure in hexane processing area.
5/3/2016 ID: Burt Smith and Ernesto Saucedo killed and another worker severely injured in sewer line trench collapse.
5/5/2016 TX: Kenneth Brown electrocuted and another worker seriously injured when dump truck contacted a power line.
5/10/2016 LA: Arturo Acosta died from heat stress suffered on construction job site.
5/14/2016 WA: Daniel Christiansen electrocuted while pulling wire on refurbished fishing vessel.
5/17/2016 FL: Charles Jean died from heat stress while picking tomatoes.
5/18/2016 NE: Todd Kaup died after being engulfed by grain in storage bin.
5/24/2016 WI: Micah Gifford electrocuted by power lines while trimming tree.
5/24/2016 KY: Tyler W. Comer killed in fall from communications tower.
6/19/2016 AL: Regina Elsea fatally crushed by automotive assembly line robot.
6/20/2016 SD: Gerald Hendren died from heat related illness while digging post-holes for deck.
"No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood, because a nation built on the dignity of work must provide safe working conditions for its people."
Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez
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