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Tips for lessening workplace head injuries in Virginia

Many construction workers and those employed in the oil and gas industry are often exposed to overhead hazards that can turn deadly, especially if they are unprotected and they suffer a serious face or head injury from a fall or a falling object. For instance, in October 2016, an employee who worked for an auto parts company in Massachusetts died of head injuries while making vehicle repairs. Aside from the fact that the employee was not wearing personal protective equipment, the company was penalized for $27,157 after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found it had violated more than a dozen safety rules, including training, electrical safety, HazCom regulations, personal protective equipment and exit route signage.

March is dedicated to eye injury awareness

Many Virginia residents have jobs that put their eyes in danger. Construction workers are required to wear eye protection, but other types of jobs can harm to eyes, especially ones that involve spending long periods of time working on a computer. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has designated the month of March for encouraging people to take care of this essential body part and use appropriate protection at work or whenever their eyes are at risk.

About occupational skin diseases

Virginia employees who routinely work around hazardous materials should be aware that occupational skin diseases may be more prevalent than they think. In fact, they are the second-most common type of workplace ailments. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health estimates that over 13 million workers in the United States may be exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin. Industries in which skin disease may pose a significant risk include health care, food service, cosmetology, construction, auto repair and agriculture.

What 2017 holds for workers' comp law

Workers' compensation could be changing for workers in Virginia and elsewhere in America because of 2016 state and national election results. For instance, some workers' compensation insurance companies may exit the marketplace unless rates are increased. The National Council on Compensation Insurance said that there should be a 20 percent rate increase in the state of Florida. This call came after court rulings changing the law over existing claims.

How shift work may affect a person's health

Virginia shift workers may suffer from sleep disorders that could increase the chance of a workplace accident and may also increase the likelihood of contracting some serious diseases. According to a study, rotating shifts can help mitigate some of these effects as long as the worker works at least four shifts in a row.

Construction workers face many physical risks

Construction workers in Virginia and throughout the country are at a high risk for tendon, muscle and joint injuries. This was the finding of a study that estimated that full-time and wage construction workers lost $46 million in wages in 2014. Many of the injuries occur because workers are exposed to vibrations and must bend and twist in awkward positions. They may also get hurt due to age or being overworked.

Beryllium exposure levels reduced by OSHA

Virginia workers who may have been exposed to beryllium in the workplace should be aware that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has lowered the permissible exposure limits. Beryllium is a toxic metal that is often found in electronics. The rule, which was published on Jan. 9, goes into effect 60 days later.

Potential dangers of fall-arrest gear in Virginia

Although personal protective equipment is essential for individuals who work at great heights in Virginia, this equipment may also present a danger to someone who has fallen. In some cases, a person who is stuck in a full-body harness may experience orthostatic intolerance, which is also called suspension trauma.

Stopping workplace injuries by using smartphones

Virginia residents who work in the manufacturing industry as well as their employers may be concerned about finding new ways of reducing or eliminating workplace injuries. The current methods for accurately assessing the risk of injury leave for a particular job are lacking. However, researchers believe that existing computer technology may be able to address the issue.

Less Hollywood film revenue may be creating unsafe sets

With the advent of online video streaming, Virginia residents are much less likely to purchase DVDs than they used to be. Now that film production studios cannot rely on DVD sales for a steady stream of revenue, the overall profitability of Hollywood films is going down. Many observers say that the lost revenue is resulting in budget pressures that are making film sets unsafe for the crews.

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