President Trump's decision to shrink the federal workforce and slow its growth has affected OSHA offices in New York and across the U.S. So far under the Trump administration, 40 inspectors have been lost through attrition, with regional offices in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida being hit the hardest.
When people sit down to a meal in New York, they might be unaware of the problems faced by workers in meat and poultry plants. Clear details about their working conditions remain difficult to document because workers are afraid to make complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Workers that speak with inspectors expect to lose their jobs if they say anything negative about their employers.
New York readers may be interested to learn that fall-related workplace violations topped the list of federal citations issued in 2017, according to a new report by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It is the sixth year in a row that fall violations took the top spot.
New York employees could suffer significant injury or pass away as a result of an accident at work. The loss in productivity as well as higher insurance rates may also be prices that employers pay after an accident. In some cases, even a near miss can result in serious injury to an employee. Therefore, employers need to do everything in their power to make workplace safety a top priority.
New York workplace safety professionals have to communicate with workers of all ages and have their messages about workplace safety understood. While it is important that the experts not rely on stereotypes to deliver effective messages, it is important that they take into account certain age-related trends.
The average American worker may spend up to seven hours a day looking at a computer. This can lead to computer vision syndrome that features symptoms such as eye strain, headaches and neck pain. In most cases, these will go away once an individual stops looking at a computer or other screen. However, some New York workers will experience long-term symptoms that may have an impact on their quality of life.
One popular method of pipe repair in New York and across the United States could potentially expose workers to dangerous chemical fumes, according to study results. Cured-in-place pipe repair, or CIPP, is an innovative method of repairing cracked or damaged plastic water and sewer pipes that is commonly used across the country.
Sustainable organizations in New York and nationwide are doing an inadequate job of reporting work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses, according to a study. Data from organizations on the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list was reviewed by researchers at Center for Safety and Health Sustainability.
New York residents who work in the construction industry may be interested in learning that, according to government researchers, more than 2,200 fatal traumatic brain injuries occurred in construction workers from 2003 to 2010. To reduce the risk of fatal traumatic brain injuries from happening, some construction firms are working to develop safety helmets that protect workers better than the traditional hard hats they usually wear.
Many teenagers in New York and the rest of the nation will be seeking summertime jobs. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that in 2015, 13 percent of the labor force, or 19.1 million workers, were under the age of 24. While working during the summer may seem like a good idea, both teenagers and their parents should know that teenagers may sustain workplace injuries.