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OSHA to enforce trenching rules

OHSA says that it will focus more on enforcing regulations related to trenching and excavation. This is according to a recent update to its National Emphasis Program (NEP). Between 2011 and 2016, 130 workers died while doing this type of work. Of those deaths, 80 percent came from workers in the private sector. Almost half of those deaths occurred between 2015 and 2016 alone, according to OSHA. Florida employers and others will receive guidance from OSHA in complying with the standard.

OIG finds room for improvement with OSHA

The Office of the Inspector General has released an audit report saying that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is not doing enough to gather information on workplace injuries and fatalities in Pennsylvania and other states. OSHA has also not been consistent in issuing citations to organizations that fail to meet filing requirements. OIG found that there was a lack of training and guidance regarding how to prevent and detect under reporting of employee injuries.

ICOH study shows asbestos-related deaths have gone underreported

International health agencies estimate that 105,000 to 110,000 deaths occur every year across the world due to asbestos exposure. However, a recent study from the International Commission of Occupational Health shows that the reality could be even worse. Florida residents should know that exposure to this mineral causes more than just mesothelioma; in fact, it's more likely to cause lung cancer.

The most dangerous jobs in the US

For some people in Florida, the idea of a dangerous job may evoke images of law enforcement officers and firefighters. After all, danger is at the very heart of these occupations. In terms of fatal injury rates, however, the most hazardous jobs in the United States are in the logging, fishing and aviation industries.

Study links higher temps with fatal heat stroke risk at work

Anyone who has lived or worked in Florida knows that the Sunshine State can get pretty hot in the summer. A study conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration suggests fatal heat stroke can occur even when temperatures are still in the 80s. In fact, nearly half of the fatal heat stroke cases investigated occurred when the heat index, which refers to the "feels like" temperature, was under 91 degrees.

Ways to protect workers in the sanitation industry

Residents of Florida may be surprised to hear that the sanitation industry is one of the most dangerous among civilian occupations. In 2016, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the collection of refuse and recycling materials ranked five among such occupations with the highest fatal injury rates. Workers can suffer sprains, strain, overexertion injuries and even exposure to dangerous materials.

Construction workers face threat from silica dust

Unfortunately, construction sites can be some of the most common places for workplace injuries and accidents. In addition, Florida construction workers can face danger from some of the materials they are exposed to on the job, including breathable silica. While federal enforcement of a regulation on silica protection went into effect in late 2017, industry compliance continues to be incomplete in spring 2018.

Five tips for safety-minded business owners

In Florida, as anywhere else in the U.S., it can be hard to maintain a safety-minded culture in the workplace. Deadlines must be met, and the fast pace of the workplace hardly lets up. To neglect worker safety, though, leads to higher injury rates, increased workers' compensation costs and higher medical expenses. The turnover rate will go up, and productivity will go down. Morale will decrease, as employees will lose their trust in their employers.

Workers at risk of death at work

Some Florida workers may have a higher likelihood of dying on the job than other workers. According to a report released by the AFL-CIO, 5,190 people were killed while at work in 2016, an increase from the 4,836 fatalities that occurred in 2015. The report also stated that another 50,000 to 60,000 workers died as a result of occupational diseases. The primary cause of employees was transportation incidents.

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