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Online exclusive: Communications tower safety checklist
COCA Online Exclusive August 2015
Communication tower workers are at high risk of falls, electrocution, crushing injuries, falling objects, and other hazards. Before they go aloft, they should ensure they have everything they need and that the situation itself is safe. Here's a checklist that can be adapted for use by communication tower workers. . . . more »
Report explores safety of young immigrant workers in small construction firms
August 2015
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the American Society of Safety Engineers recently released a joint report that concludes workers who are Hispanic, young, and work for sma . . . more »
Study finds holding multiple jobs increases risk of injury
August 2015
Researchers at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute Center for Injury Epidemiology have found that individuals who work multiple jobs—approximately 14 million U.S. residents—have a greater . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Worker's 'party' status dooms employer's settlement agreement; What went wrong?
August 2015
Sometimes, the outcome of a Cal/OSHA proceeding is determined by elements other than the facts in the case. The way each party in a case manages procedural factors and technicalities can affect the way things turn out. For example, an employer that files its appeal paperwork after the deadline has passed likely won't even get a hearing. . . . more »
Safety management: Most-cited standards and causes of death show where hazards are
August 2015
We all need to set priorities, and when it comes to worker safety and health and regulatory compliance, annual statistics released by Cal/OSHA, federal OSHA, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provide employers with valuable guidance on where they need to focus their attention. . . . more »
Hazard identification: Federal OSHA publishes guidance for nail salon workers
August 2015
In 1975, after the fall of Saigon in South Vietnam, the U.S. government evacuated more than 125,000 South Vietnamese citizens to refugee camps in the United States. At a camp near Sacramento, actress Tippi Hedren (most famous for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's film "The Birds") met 20 Vietnamese women whose plight moved her. . . . more »
Health and wellness: U.S. Supreme Court decision, NIOSH study put spotlight on pregnant workers
August 2015
What's your policy regarding the safety and health of your pregnant workers? Naturally, you don't want to put a pregnant worker at risk of exposures that could harm her or her baby, but what's safe? And what does the law require in the way of accommodation? . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: When it's hotter than hot, train workers in high-heat procedures
August 2015
On March 13, 2015, a Cal/OSHA advisory committee released a report on the agency's heat illness prevention special emphasis program. According to the report, heat-related illnesses and fatalities were down in 2014 (40 confirmed cases and one fatality) compared with 2013 (54 confirmed cases and four fatalities). . . . more »
Fleet safety: Seat belts and pedal confusion--2 fleet hazards with easy fixes
August 2015
According to early estimates released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in June 2015, 2014 saw 32,675 deaths in motor vehicle traffic crashes. The bit of good news is that the number of vehicle deaths is down very slightly compared with 2013, when 32,719 people died on American roads. . . . more »
Featured resource: ATV operator safety policy
August 2015
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are increasingly common in various industries. ATVs have different handling characteristics than other vehicles, though, and can be extremely dangerous if mishandled. In June, for example, a Madera farm worker was killed when he took a corner too quickly, struck a pole, and broke his neck. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Sample protective footwear policy
COCA Online Exclusive July 2015
When your workers require specialty safety shoes, you must pay for them. When workers aren't required to wear specific safety footwear, you may still choose to defray some of the costs of their protective footwear. It's best to have a policy to inform your workers exactly what your safety footwear requirements are and how much of their footwear expense you'll cover. . . . more »
Cal/OSHA faults employer for window washer's fall
July 2015
Cal/OSHA recently cited Century Window Cleaning following an investigation into a window washer's 11-story fall from the roof of a San Francisco building. Investigators determined that the washer was . . . more »
Federal OSHA issues guidance on transgender worker restroom access
July 2015
Federal OSHA issues guidance on transgender worker restroom access . . . more »
Enforcement: No willful citations from Cal/OSHA, but D.A. charges felonies in workers' death
July 2015
It's unusual for an employer to be criminally charged when a worker is killed or injured on the job. . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Was the violation 'accident-related'? 2 recent cases hold clues
July 2015
One of the surest ways to bring Cal/OSHA to your door is for a worker to die or suffer a reportable injury. In the resulting inspections, Cal/OSHA's primary focus is on the circumstances surrounding the incident that led to the worker's death or injury. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Can you spot a bully? Tips for handling worker-on-worker aggression
July 2015
More than one in four American workers is either currently being bullied at work or has been bullied at work in the past, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute's 2014 Workplace Bullying Survey. Unfortunately, the survey also found that in most cases where the problem was solved, it wasn't solved by dealing with the bully. . . . more »
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