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May 2017 Archives

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Syncope could increase injury risk

Workers in Virginia who deal with syncope may face a greater risk of workplace accidents, according to the American Heart Association. Syncope is a condition in which a person experiences fainting spells. Workplace incidents related to the condition could increase the risk of job loss. Specifically, syncope sufferers were 1.4 times more likely to experience a worksite accident and twice as likely to lose their jobs.

Construction workers worry about their safety

Those who work in the construction industry in Virginia and throughout America may not be confident about their safety in the workplace. According to a study from the National Safety Council, 58 percent of respondents said that their safety comes second to getting the job done. Furthermore, 47 percent said that employees are afraid to report safety issues to management, and 51 percent of respondents said that management only does the bare minimum when it comes to safety.

Regulators issue safety reminders after power line accident

Running heavy equipment or making installations near power lines in Virginia presents workers with electrocution and fire hazards. After a tractor-trailer dumped a load of gravel near a power line and broke a ground wire holding a pole, the Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a "close call alert" outlining best practices when working near electrical transmission lines.

FMCSA holds meeting on autonomous trucks

Having a person at the controls, a reform in hours of service and potential changes to requirements for and types of commercial driver's licenses were all topics at a listening session of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on April 24. At the session, one person presented the example of an autonomous truck given a choice to hit a group of schoolchildren or a wall as an example of how a Virginia driver may still be needed to take over the controls.

Campaign for Virginia workplace fall prevention

Falls are a primary cause of fatalities for construction workers around the country. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also states that improper fall protection is the workplace violation that it cites the most. To reduce the rates of injuries and fatalities related to falls, OSHA is promoting its annual campaign to prevent these types of incidents. The event is voluntary and this year is planned for May 8-12.