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OSHA sets aside combustible dust regulations

OSHA has recently demoted a regulatory proposal aimed at to providing more stringent regulation of combustible dust to “long-term action,” making imminent reform unlikely, The Charleston Gazette reported on Tuesday, December 9.

The move came simultaneously with the anniversary of the December 9, 2010 tragedy at the AL Solutions facility, wherein highly combustible materials exploded and killed three workers. According to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CBS), combustible dust remains among the most dangerous workplace hazards in the country, killing 119 people and injuring several hundreds more between 1980 and 2005.

Manufacturing explosions due to combustible materials sometimes happens when employers fail to put in place and enforce measures that would keep their workers safe from such incidents. If you believe employer negligence has been the cause of your injury at a construction or manufacturing site in New York, a lawyer at Hach & Rose, LLP might be able to help you. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA today.

OSHA creates an interactive training tool about job site hazards

In an effort to raise awareness about hazard identification and control, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently launched an online game designed for both employers and workers in the manufacturing and construction industries.

In this safety training game,  the OSHA Hazard Identification Tool,  the user may choose to play in the perspective of either an employer or an employee at a manufacturing or construction site. The game is used as a learning tool so the player can identify hazards in the workplace.

OSHA assistant secretary of labor David Michaels stated that with this new tool, employers can learn that “following well-established safety practices is also good for the bottom line.”

Hazard identification and control is indeed an integral part of maintaining a safe and accident-free construction site. Unfortunately, many employers and contractors still fall short in protecting construction workers from workplace hazards. If you are a worker that has been hurt while on duty at a construction site, our New York legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP may be able to help you file a civil claim. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA to discuss your situation with a construction accident lawyer today.

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