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November 2015 Archives

Deadly construction fall reveals safety hazards

Plastering jobs in Oklahoma can be dangerous due to the altitudes at which employees often work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides safety standards to govern the management of such projects. An Arizona-based contractor is facing more than $400,000 in fines in connection with 12 violations for which it was cited by OSHA on November 10. The incident, which caused the death of a 44-year-old worker, actually occurred at a job location in Texas.

Work-related hand damage from vibrating tools

Although Oklahoma construction workers may use gloves to keep their hands warm during the winter, they may not realize that there are more risks than just a loss of comfort when their gloves are off. One of the most common neuromuscular disorders for construction workers is also believed to be very costly and significantly underappreciated. In fact, hand-arm vibration syndrome can be misdiagnosed, under-reported or unrecognized. However, it may affect at least 1 million workers in the fields of construction and manufacturing.

Construction noise risks

While many professions in Oklahoma can involve significant exposure to loud noises, one of the most serious and complicated settings is the construction site. Construction workers who operate loud equipment might be able to use earplugs or muffs to protect themselves from permanent damage. However, some situations can be more dangerous when such equipment is used due to the need to hear verbal cues from other workers or equipment. Although OSHA indicates that workers can protect themselves to avoid permanent hearing loss, the reality for some may be that protective gear for the ears increases the danger.

Oklahoma health care workers and OSHA guidelines

Oklahoma health care workers and their employers should be aware of a recent OSHA initiative that focuses on improving working conditions in inpatient care facilities. It applies to nursing homes, psychiatric care facilities, substance abuse clinics and any other institution that admits patients for residential or inpatient care. These changes were introduced in a Guidance Memo as part of the Inspection Guidance for Inpatient Healthcare Settings memorandum.

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