In an effort to increase accountability, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will soon require businesses to submit their illness and injury data electronically, which will be visible to the general public. The new rule applies to companies in high-risk industries with 250 or more employees and takes effect August 10, 2016. The goal is that increased transparency will compel business owners and managers to commit to higher safety standards. OSHA's new rule also includes a provision for employees to report workplace accidents and injurieswithout fear of recrimination.
There are a lot of ways you can be injured at work, some of which may be particular to your industry or even your specific position. For example, if you work in a warehouse, you are at a much higher risk of being injured in a forklift accident than an individual in another industry. Other workplace injuries are much more universal, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. The most common injuries reported to Workers' Compensation providers in the United States are strains and sprains, cuts, contusions, inflammation, and fractures.
Summer jobs can help teenagers develop a good work ethic and play an important role in their maturation. However, it is important to know the potential risks and dangers associated with summertime work as a teenager, including the potential for workplace accidents.
Accidents at work can happen anywhere. Ashley Furniture, the nation's largest furniture manufacturer, recently settled claims of safety violations brought by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for $1.75 million. OSHA found numerous safety violations in the company's manufacturing plants which it alleged caused over 1,000 worker injuries, including amputations. OSHA reported that some machines did not have easily-accessible emergency stop buttons; this was a problem when some machines started up unexpectedly while workers were changing blades. OSHA also alleged that workers were not properly trained in safety procedures.