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SIF prevention programs may improve workplace safety

Increasingly, workplace safety experts are advocating an approach focusing on serious injury and fatality prevention rather than one that is based on responding to injuries. For example, in a Virginia workplace where one employee is injured in an accident and another nearly falls from a scaffold, only the former incident will generally be reported to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

Safety resources for the composting industry

Virginia employees who work in composing operations can turn to a set of guidelines for safety called "Five to Stay Alive" that was released by the Solid Waste Association of North America. A dynamic work environment, heavy machinery and the physical nature of working in this industry means that safety precautions are important to prevent injury and death.

Repair method for water pipes presents dangers

Pipe workers in Virginia may be interested to know that research from Purdue University indicates that a commonly used method to fix water pipes can result in the release of dangerous chemicals into the air. With the cured-in-place pipe repair method, workers place a tube made of fabric and resin inside of a damaged pipe and use pressurized steam, hot water or ultraviolet light to cure it and make a new plastic pipe. Researchers say that a reassessment of the dangers the cured-in-place repair procedure presents to workers is needed.

Supervision and safety requirements are necessary for trenching

Virginia trench workers know that safety in the workplace is important. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has safety guidelines for most professions, including trench work. Despite the availability of these guidelines to workers and contractors, the frequency of trench-related incidents resulting in death rose by more than 200 percent in 2016.

Companies looking to improve protective hat designs

Virginia construction companies are increasingly relying on safety hat designs that are used in mountain climbing and other extreme sports. This is because these types of safety hats are specifically designed to protect wearers from falls and may provide better head protection for employees.

Nuclear safety fears at top national laboratory

Virginia laboratory workers might be concerned about safety on the job after hearing about problems at one of the country's premier nuclear weapons facilities. The Los Alamos National Laboratory, which created the atomic bomb, is facing growing criticism for its safety record.

Engine vapors pose hazard to oil and gas workers

Mixing non-intrinsically safe motors and engines with flammable gases or vapors could have catastrophic consequences, and workers in the oil and gas industry in Virginia and other states across the nation may want to take note. Between 2005 and 2015, the ignition hazard posed by vehicles and motorized equipment used in proximity to flammable vapor sources such as wellbores, flowback tanks, production tanks and frac tanks resulted in 85 deaths, according to industry officials. This tally includes 27 fatalities that occurred in connection with the use of mobile engines and auxiliary motors.

How to reduce injury risk while lifting

It isn't uncommon for Virginia workers to be required to lift or carry objects as part of their job duties. However, it is imperative that employers and workers make safe lifting a shared priority. Employers should opt for mechanized lifting whenever possible, and workers should opt for mechanized lifting devices when objects are too heavy to lift or carry on their own.

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.