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
4/5/2016 IL: Vincente Santoyo struck and killed by falling beam during bridge demolition.
4/8/2016 TX: Ryan Peterson killed in fall through opening in floor of apartment building under construction.
4/12/2016 VA: Charles Cooper died after falling into vat of boiling water and oil.
4/12/2016 TX: Dennis Henneke and Jesus Gonzalez Jr. killed in gas pipeline explosion.
4/18/2016 WI: Carlos Puentes killed in fall from roof after being struck by lightning.
4/20/2016 IA: Roger Purk killed when arm became caught in slaughterhouse hide removing machinery.
4/25/2016 TX: Eduardo Garcia died from heat exposure while framing roof.
4/29/2016 IL: John Behme killed in explosion when tiller struck gas main.
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.
"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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