The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency regulating and enforcing laws designed to protect our nation’s workers. Employers are required to submit reports when on-the-job accidents and injuries occur, and OSHA carefully monitors these reports to identify unsafe workplaces. However, this system only works when employers comply, and according to the agency, the majority of worksites didn’t submit their annual injury and illness logs for 2016.
Last week, a chemical plant in Hood County caught fire, causing injuries to several workers and at least one fatality. While authorities are not yet sure what caused the chemical plant explosions, the resulting fire caused toxic plumes of smoke to be visible for miles.
Roofers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the construction industry, and it’s not just because they’re working from heights. Roofing exposes workers to a variety of risks, so proper safety precautions must be taken in order to keep roofers safe.
Regardless of the industry or type of job, all workers are entitled to a safe workplace. Employers in more dangerous industries like construction or manufacturing need to take extra steps to protect their employees from harm. Unfortunately, some of the most dangerous conditions for workers are not obvious, and can even be hidden in plain sight.
Texas is no stranger to extreme weather, and in Lubbock, people who work outside need to always be alert to weather coming their way. Tornadoes are one of the most dangerous natural disasters workers face, and special precautions need to be taken to ensure workers stay safe.
Weather can often be unpredictable, so people need to prepare for extreme weather in order to prevent accidents and injuries. In Lubbock, extreme weather can include hail, tornados, dangerous droughts, and more. As we get closer to a hot Texas summer, it is important for employers to ensure all employees are properly educated about preventing wildfires and are informed about safety procedures should a wildfire start.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) believes all workers have the right to a safe workplace. To enforce this belief, OSHA has set strict safety guidelines all employers must abide by. Unfortunately, not all employers comply with OSHA regulations and several organizations are now suing OSHA over one of its new rules for workplace accident reporting.
Texas weather presents unique risks for workers in all industries. From hurricanes to tornados, there is no shortage of extreme weather conditions that can cause serious injuries. While many dangerous weather conditions are obvious, others are more innocuous. Severe wind can cause catastrophic damage to property and it can also cause serious injuries for those who work outside.