Construction workers throughout the United States face a variety of hazards every day, not the least of which are those associated with cranes. These heavy pieces of machinery can pose a significant threat to workplace safety if training and other protocols are not followed. With the increased focus on crane safety since new Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates were implemented in 2010, a growing number of companies are receiving citations for crane violations, even in Arizona.
Family members of a deceased Arizona wildland firefighter are seeking compensation in connection with state and local shortcomings that led to the man's death. The Granite Mountain man suffered the fatal injury while fight a massive blaze at the Yarnell Hill Fire during the summer months.
The sawmill employee had made complaints to his supervisors about safety concerns at the plant, but they were never remedied. When the man sought the assistance of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration - the U.S. governing body for workplace safety, he lost his job. The man's employer retaliated against him despite the man's six-year work history that was replete with promotions and positive reviews. If it happened to a single man, it could happen to anyone in Arizona.
All American employers are required to provide a safe working environment, whether through specific provisions or the general duty clause promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. We live in a dangerous working world, where workplace violence and other hazards are difficult to avoid. Arizona workers are encouraged to consider the recent violent incidents in the nation's Capital, which have renewed interest in workplace violence as a very real danger. Employers can take just a few simple steps to promote safety at their facilities, regardless of the industry.
A new report identifying the best and worst states for on-the-job injury shows that Arizona's rates match the national average. The most dangerous states in the country include Maine, Indiana and California, all of which have more than one illness or job restriction per 100 workers. The least dangerous states include Washington, D.C., and New York.
As craft beers become ubiquitous throughout the United States and Arizona, workers at the facilities are facing an increasing number of workplace injuries. The relative newness of the industry is causing a lack of awareness about basic safety issues, many of which are analogous to manufacturing plants of any kind.
Chemical plants and manufacturing facilities in Arizona and elsewhere must be managed with workplace safety in mind in order to prevent serious injury. Federal investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are initiating a series of inquiries after two blasts in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. The most recent explosion occurred at the CF Industries facility. After the scene is secured by hazardous materials units, OSHA investigators will begin to inspect the facility to determine where safety regulations failed, killing one worker and injuring seven others.
Newly released statistics from the Government Accountability Office show that Arizonas workplace safety inspectors are among the least experienced in the nation, largely because of high turnover rates that plague departments in the state. More than half of the states safety inspectors have been working in their current position for five years or less, indicating that they have not necessarily achieved mastery of the states safety codes.
University of Arizona researchers are working together with industry experts to improve workplace safety among the nation's miners by creating video games. It may seem like an unusual tactic, but experts postulate that the video games will help miners avoid workplace accidents by training them in simulated disaster scenarios.
Maintenance and construction workers in Arizona and other states are particularly susceptible to workplace accidents. Many of these men and women work with heavy equipment and raw materials that could crush, pinch or otherwise cause physical injury. A Louisiana man was killed on March 14 when he was crushed beneath a 16-foot steel cylinder while working at a Shell plant, according to local officials. Workplace safety investigations are pending in the matter.