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March 2014 Archives

A movie set turns into deadly unsafe working environment

In a developing story that has as many twists and turns as a Hollywood movie plot, the movie industry is investigating the death of one of their own.  A young woman working on a production crew was recently killed when a train rode down the tracks where they were shooting. Now local investigators and national agencies like OSHA and the NTSB are looking into the work accident and whether it could have been prevented.

Collapsed scaffolding leaves questions of safety at jobsite

Questions concerning the safety of a company’s work practices arose recently when six construction workers were buried under the falling debris of collapsed scaffolding at a jobsite in the Midwest. Investigators at the scene conclude the winds most likely played a factor, but their concern focused on two central issues.  The plastic covering the scaffolding, which was designed to serve as a shield against the elements of nature, could have served as a sail, pulling the scaffolding loose from its moorings. Investigators also wish to know whether the scaffolding was secured to the building, and if so, how it was secured. The company has reportedly refused to comment.

Government workplace injury data plan raises privacy concerns

Every worker in North Carolina is entitled to a safe work environment. Employers are required by law to provide this. Information can be a crucial part of improving safety conditions at work. Consequently, the federal government is proposing that specific data on workplace injuries be made available online. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing that employers break down injury and illness reports and make them available on the Internet. The public would then be able to view information about the illnesses and injuries reported by a business each year. The new rule would not affect businesses with less than 20 employees.

North Carolina hospital workers call for safer conditions

When most people hear the term work accident, images of industrialized work environments, such as factories and laboratories, may come to mind. It is easy to imagine suffering a workplace injury in a workplace that contains an abundance of dangerous machines or chemicals. However, workers at a one North Carolina mental hospital are upset by workplace safety issues they face each day when exposed to a completely different safety hazard, other people.

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