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December 2013 Archives

Amazon warehouse accident kills temporary worker

Many express concern that companies avoid meeting their obligations regarding safety in the workplace by hiring temporary workers. This is part of the reason that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration began an initiative in April regarding the safety of temporary workers. OSHA representatives are using a recent Amazon warehouse accident as an opportunity to remind employers about this initiative.

1 killed, 2 injured on the job in explosion on California ranch

California residents that are unfamiliar with the workings of ranches and farms may not realize the potential dangers that exist for workers. Large pieces of equipment and flammable materials seem to be staples in modern ranching and farming. Workers employed by farms and ranches may understand the potential exists to be killed or seriously injured on the job and rely on their employers to make their work environment as safe as possible.

3 new OSHA rules for 2014 that may reduce workplace injuries

The safety of workers in California and around the country is an issue that is always evolving. Each year, OSHA develops new rules designed to reduce workplace injuries. Several new rules are in the works for 2014 to deal with workplace hazards, and three of those proposed rules involve combustible dust, exposure to silica and confined spaces in the construction industry.

California task force works to reduce workplace injuries

A multi-agency task force entitled the California Department of Industrial Relations is conducting inspections throughout the state. The task force is working to reduce workplace injuries and wage and hour complaints by proactively inspecting businesses and citing them for any apparent safety and wage violations. So far, citations were issued to 83 percent of the businesses that have been inspected.

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