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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.

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.

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.

Keeping workers safe in Virginia chemical plants

Chemical plants can be very dangerous for workers, and some of the most common accidents include everything from chemical burns to scrapes and cuts. The best way to help keep employees safe is for employers to determine the most frequent causes of accidents and work to keep accidents from happening.

New OSHA program for Virginia employers

A new program launched by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is designed to help small and mid-sized businesses create health and safety programs that reduce the risk of injury to workers. The program, called the Safe and Sound Campaign, has been created to offer information and resources to smaller businesses that have owners who may assume safety programs are too expensive.

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